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WS/FCS Hosts 2nd Annual Superintendent’s Art Gallery

Handing Out AwardsFebruary 23, 2024 – Superintendent Tricia McManus welcomed student artists, their families and teachers, and the entire Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools community to the central office on Thursday night to unveil the 2024 Superintendent’s Gallery.

The Superintendent’s Gallery opened last year as a way to publicly and persistently celebrate the excellent work of WS/FCS art students. Dozens of pieces representing various schools and grade levels line the hallways and foyers of both the administrative center and the education building, and after being on display for a year, they’re rotated out for a collection of fresh submissions. These facilities are major activity hubs for the district and host hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors over the course of the year, making them the perfect place to show off what WS/FCS artists can do.

Browsing the Gallery“We have people coming through these buildings all of the time, and they’re all going to see the wonderful work of our students,” McManus told a crowd of guests at the debut of the 2024 collection. “For the next 365 days, we’re all going to be blessed with your art.”

The 2024 gallery includes 110 original installations ranging in media from sketches to paintings to mosaics to vector graphics. Students were invited to tour the pieces in an art show setting alongside their families and the art teachers who nominated their work, and for some of them, it was their first time seeing their art in a public exhibit. The pride and admiration on attendees’ faces was indicative of the best in arts education programs.

Several Pieces“This is one of our favorite nights of the year,” said Director of Arts Education Andrew Craft. “It’s so good to see student talent on display like this. It’s a reminder of why we’re here.”

Arts are an indispensable facet of public education, not only for students who parlay their artistic abilities into their future careers, but for everyone who needs a venue to express themselves. Fostering that creativity in students is a key goal for WS/FCS, and so is backing up the progress students make in their artistic journeys with the validation they deserve. The Superintendent’s Gallery is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on students who have gone above and beyond in embracing what their art classes have to offer.

Jose Zaragoza“It gives them a boost of confidence that their art is being recognized,” said Clemmons Elementary School Art Teacher and NCAEA Art Educator of the Year Frann Paige. “It’s a validation that what they’re doing is important.”

The Superintendent’s Gallery is only a small taste of the practice and passion that the district’s young artists are pouring into their work every day. Especially with Arts in Education Month and the Spring Arts Extravaganza coming up in March, there’s sure to be no shortage of complex, beautiful artwork coming out of every WS/FCS campus all throughout the rest of the year. But for anyone who makes their way to the central office this year, it’s worth checking out the flagship exhibit of 2024 knowing that somebody’s masterpiece is on display.

“It’s a surreal experience,” said Parkland High School Sophomore Jose Zaragoza. “I’m proud of myself.”