Banner day for York County art students

From staff reportsMarch 8, 2013 

The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project. This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the five downtown areas of the cities within York County. This year, there were 156 designs from 39 schools, resulting in 78 banners.

More than 1,000 students from all over the county create designs that are submitted to the Arts Council. Once the designs are approved, they are transformed into the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme was “Performing Arts.” The banners will be on display through March 17.

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts in Old Town Rock Hill.

Marie Cheek, associate professor of art and Dalton Gallery director at Clinton Junior College, is an artist-in-residence for the project. Cheek worked with Art After School students to create three large banners that hang in Historic Downtown York.

James Wells, Arts Council of York County’s board member and former art teacher at Clover Middle School, stresses the importance of bringing student artwork to the public’s eye. “Typically, students’ artwork is confined to the walls/display cases of their school, parents’ refrigerators, or at their grandparents’ homes. With the banner project, the community is able to see the wonderful work and experience the beauty that art brings to the area.”

Official Sponsors of The Banner Project are Springs Creative, and Derick and Elliott Close. The Contributing Sponsors are Advantage Signs and Old Town Association.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

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