Discover a new artist at the Brooks Museum

December 27, 2011 by  

The 2012 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards will take place at the Memphis Brooks Museum from January 28-February 12, 2012. This is an annual juried student art exhibition which is affiliated with The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and sponsored by the Brooks Museum League.

The awards are open to students from grades 7 through 12. Over 2000 enter each year and winners receive cash prizes and scholarships opportunities. The first competition took place in 1966 and has been sponsored by the Museum League ever since.

It is important that competitions such as the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards exist. So many schools undervalue the importance of art and are dropping it from their curriculum. The arts are just as important to education as are reading and writing, removing them from the schools is a terrible mistake. Art opens minds and it opens children to the possibilities that life has to offer. Without art, our world would be empty and ugly.

Thankfully, not all schools feel that way. In addition, there are a lot of public organizations offering art classes for both children and adults. And, of course, art can be practiced at home without having to depend on classes.

Many industries in Memphis and elsewhere, including graphic and printing companies, need artists to help design their products and to create the advertising that will sell those products. It is in the best interest of all of us that we ask schools to keep their art programs and that we also support competitions such as these art awards to inspire others.