Children have a refreshing view of the world. Things often look a lot different from their eyes, making their creativity even more interesting and valuable. PRIZM, a non-profit organization created to inspire artistic expression in literary and visual arts, is a firm believer in children’s creative expression.
This summer, PRIZM, partnered with Way Library for the 3rd annual Northwest Ohio Youth Art Summer Invitational. The “Color My World” youth art exhibit featured works of art from children ages three through junior high. Children and teens crafted two and three dimensional works in all artistic medias.
Local artists, adults, friends and family members mentored young students and encouraged them to submit work into PRIZM’s visual arts event. Categories for art submissions were “Breaking Ground” creative theme, a library theme, a recycle theme, a Way Library summer read theme, a general category and an age category.
Imagination was clearly on display by the clever use of recycled materials in many of the entries. This was demonstrated by 1st place recycle category winner April Switzenberg’s diorama that was made with stone and cardboard. In the Library theme cateogy, 2nd place winner Ritodeep Roy used a recycled jug as the base of his piece. On top of recyclables, there were many entries made with acrylics, paper collages and more.
Each participant received certificates as well as a chance to win other prizes, and the winners of the age and theme categories combined won hundreds of dollars worth of art supplies to help continue their creativity.
Congratulations to all of the winners!