One of the many benefits that I enjoy working in central administration in Worthington is that our office often overflows with student artwork. Our Worthington Education Center serves as the central office for our school district as well as the office for Worthington Youth Boosters, Care After School, Leadership Worthington, The Circle of Grandparents and The Worthington Education Foundation. The building is truly a community building and the hub of education in Worthington Schools.
Our building is also an art gallery. Each month throughout the school year art teachers from across the system bring student artwork to display on the first floor of the WEC. Sometimes the work is elementary work, sometimes it is detailed high school work. Currently there is a high school display of pottery and automotive design. Last month we had elementary mixed media from Colonial Hills.
If you’d like to view the student artwork our building is open officially from 7:45 A.M. until 4:45 P.M. Although often it is open well into the evening with community meetings and events. Another way to view elementary artwork is to attend the Young Artist Exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. The elementary art exhibit will be on display from March 14th – April 7th and is free to the public. This would be an outstanding opportunity to embrace the arts and support Worthington students over spring break.
As a high school student in Worthington I attended art class in what is now the McConnell Arts Center. When I was in school we referred to the building as the “Anex” and students from Worthington High School walked across the parking lot to take classes in art and theater. It was in that building, on the third floor, where in a drawing class I was asked to draw a self-portrait and a hand. When I was finished, the teacher, lovingly, and jokingly, asked me, “which one is which?” It was a fair question. I have zero artistic ability and I think that is why I am so often amazed by the artistic talents of our students.
In Worthington we strive to provide an education that develops the whole child. In addition to rigorous academics we want students to have opportunities to learn, grow and experience many different co-curricular and artistic experiences. Make some time over the next few weeks to check out the artwork both at the WEC and at the Arts Center. (When you’re at the WEC, stop in and say “hi”, I’ll pour you a of coffee.) You’ll be amazed at what Worthington students create!