Sylvania hosts student ArtfestWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Showcase Sylvania” business expo on April 5. A major difference this year is that they have joined forces with the Sylvania Community Arts Commission to produce the first Sylvania student Artfest.
Artfest 2008 is taking place in partnership with the business expo at the Sylvania Senior Center. It will feature work by Sylvania students from grade school through high school.
“With arts-based educational programming being cut in schools across the country, what everyone involved with Artfest really set out to do is to show the value of the arts in our community. Partnering with the business expo gives the artwork submitted by the students a much larger audience than other similar exhibitions,” said Sylvania Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Nowak.
The Artfest 2008 exhibition was juried, with duties being handled by the Arts Commission.
“The only real criteria used to select the children’s work was their talent, which of course, is in part judged according to their age,” Nowak said.
Nowak said she and everyone involved with Artfest hopes this sort of public support of student artwork leads other communities to examine the impact of arts education on their area’s young people.
“It would be great if what we’re doing here becomes something that goes beyond just our community,” she said. “Our local business leaders have been very positive about the establishing of Artfest — they see both its value to our children and its potential impact on our local business economy.”
The “Showcase Sylvania” business expo and student Artfest 2008 are free and open to the public. The business expo will take place at the Sylvania Sports and Exhibition Center at Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Avenue. It will feature 130 booths that reflect the area’s private and professional business diversity. Visitors can view interactive displays of area businesses that show local products and services in a family-friendly atmosphere. expo hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Nowak at the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce at (419) 882-2135 or the Sylvania Community Arts Commission at (419) 517-0118.
Toledo Free Press is a sponsor of Artfest 2008.