March is Ridgefield Youth Arts Month, and we are celebrating youth involvement in the arts with a month full of art activities, classes, and events. Thanks to a partnership between the Ridgefield School District, the Ridgefield Art Association, and the Ridgefield community, young people all across the area have the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing with a wide range of opportunities for creative exploration.
The Ridgefield School District Art Show will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center. Student artwork from all Ridgefield schools will be on display.
The Ridgefield “Art in Action” event will also showcase the vast talents of Ridgefield’s youth. The event will be held at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Earlier this month, students also staged performances of “Johnny Appleseed,” an original play by the Missoula Children’s Theatre on Saturday, March 11 at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.
In addition to these events, volunteers assembled hundreds of pre-made kits for Ridgefield Youth Arts Month art classes. Some classes were held in person, bringing students together to create and learn. But in an effort to reach even more students across the school district, some of the classes were held via Zoom meetings or through pre-recorded videos.
No matter whether they were held remotely or in-person, classes all filled quickly and were offered free of charge thanks to the generous donations from sponsors including the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation, Rose Real Estate, ABM Janitorial, Dance Fusion NW, Woodland Chiropractic, and the Ridgefield Community Gleaners Association.
Many thanks to Ridgefield Youth Arts Month committee members Terri Cochran, Carla Kendall-Bray, Maureen O’Reilly, Patricia Thompson, and Barbara Wright for all their hard work. Ridgefield Youth Arts Month events make the arts available and accessible to hundreds of students and families across the Ridgefield School District, giving everyone the chance to celebrate their creativity.