GREAT FALLS — Great Falls College-MSU is currently displaying artwork done by students in the Great Falls Public Schools system.
This is the sixth year in a row that GFC has partnered with art teachers and students district-wide to showcase the original artwork.
The art will remain up until December 4th, and the public is welcome to come and view the pieces anytime the college is open between now and then.
GFPS Music and Art Supervisor Dusty Molyneaux says that with so many school districts around the state and the county losing funding for their art programs, now is as good a time as any to appreciate art in any form.
“Art is everywhere around us. It really, truly affects everything that we do,” said Molyneaux. “From the clothes that we’re wearing to the buildings that we’re living in to the cars that we drive. Good art is inspiring the design and the implementation of all those things. When we learned to just get familiar with the environment that’s around us and we really observe and study that.”
The pieces on display were done by students ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade, and many of them were in attendance tonight to see their artwork and to celebrate with other members of the community.
After some brief comments by Molyneaux, he recognized the faculty and staff from across the district, without whom this would not be possible.
He also mentioned that the amount of art the district has been able to produce despite only being a quarter of the way through the school year is very impressive, and a testament to the hard work of both the teachers and the students.
“It’s really early in the school year for us,” he explained. “So, we just basically have finished up the first quarter, and to have this amount of art, with the variety that we have in place, the teachers have really done some amazing work with these kids in a very, very short amount of time.”