Worcester Art Museum Celebrates National Youth Art Month

(WORCESTER, MASS., February 15, 2005) - How many kids can say their art has hung at an internationally-renowned museum? For starters, the hundreds each year who participate in Youth Art Month at the Worcester Art Museum.

Created in 1961, Youth Art Month is an annual national observance to emphasize the value and encourage support of arts education in all schools. Worcester Art Museum joins the Massachusetts Art Education Association in celebrating the 44th Youth Art Month with its annual month-long display of student artwork, March 2-April 3.

Each year, art teachers at public schools throughout Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest are invited to submit works from their students in kindergarten through grade 12. The artworks, hung floor to ceiling throughout the Museum's Higgins Education Wing, represent all media and styles, from drawing and painting to photography and sculpture.

The Youth Art Month exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9AM to 6 PM, Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM A public reception on Sunday, March 13, from 1 to 4PM will honor the young artists and their teachers. The reception is also free to the public.

About the Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11AM and Sundays at 1PM, September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11AM.-5PM, Thursday, 11AM.-8PM (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10AM-5PM Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10AM-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.