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Art in Root Winners

Posted on: April 2, 2019
Congratulations to THS 2019 Art in Root winners:
2nd place: Morgan Child - "Spring Flowers"
Special Award: Ellie Herbert - "Nature on My Mind"
Best of Show: Brooklyn Roberto-Herrick - "The Climb"
The show was judged by Devere Burt.  Mr. Burt is a nationally known artist and a former Commissioner for the Great Parks of Hamilton County.  He also was the Executive Director of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History for 25 years.  Mr. Burt was instrumental in the development of this ‘Art in Root’ program. 

The Great Parks, Art in Root Program’s purpose is to enhance connections between students, nature, and art.  The program targets junior and senior students in often underserved schools.  The Art in Root program aims to target up to twenty schools with in-class instruction using living animals native to the area as a key part of the presentations.  The instructors discuss the animals, their habitat, needs, and threats.  They also provide art instruction based on classroom discussion.  Students then use art supplies provided by the program to create their own art projects based on the themes of the in-class program.  In addition to the classroom experience, the students are provided with field trips to directly experience nature in their local areas.  Later the student art is exhibited and entered into competitions.
The program plans to reach two thousand students directly and to impact the community at large through that work.