As part of our community outreach this year, Main Street Arts is hosting the Martinez PTA Reflections Art Show "Heroes Around Me". This show will run from January 11 to January 31, with the reception Saturday January 12 from 2 to 4 at Main Street Arts.
Main Street Arts Gallery will have a face painter for the kids during the reception. Colleen Gianatiempo is the organizer of this event for the PTA.
Colleen Gianatiempo, MFA is a fine artist, graphic designer, interior designer, photographer and arts educator living and working in Martinez.
Colleen says, “I am a volunteer on the board of the Martinez Council of PTA’s. My position is PTA Reflections Chair.
Reflections is a National PTA arts program that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me”. Reflections takes original student submissions inspired by the annual theme in the area of visual art, photography, literature, music composition, film and dance choreography. There is also an optional “special artist” category for students who have a disability, qualifying under the ADA. Reflections starts at the local level. Local PTA’s organize a contest at their schools and select which works to advance to the city level. Works are then further judged with opportunities for advancement to state and national levels.
What I feel is important:
Schools that eliminate art programs are doing so at their peril. No one questions foundation subjects like reading and math for the development of competent citizens, but not enough people are inquiring about how important art and creativity are for kids. The importance is paramount. Arts and creativity nurture well-being and assist learners in creating connections between subjects.
Kids who participate in art programs gain fine and gross motor skills, knowledge of history and culture, develop problem solving abilities, and achieve mental wellness through healthy emotional responses.
While it lasts, come in to see new ART from our core group on the SMALL WALL!
Main Street Arts, 613 Main Street, Martinez, CA 94553 925-269-8049