Kutztown Area School District named Outstanding Visual Arts Community

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The Kutztown Area School District Arts Program has been recognized as an Outstanding Visual Arts Community for the third year in a row. Kutztown was one of 20 school districts in Pennsylvania to be selected for this recognition on the basis of rigorous and inclusive programs, highly accessible programs, and highly visible programs.

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association recognizes schools and districts in the state of Pennsylvania for their commitment to teaching the visual arts to all students of PK-12. Kutztown is one of 20 schools selected across Pennsylvania to receive 2021 Outstanding Visual Arts Community approval.

“Kutztown’s rich tradition of the arts in education has enabled our students to practice and study classical, fine art and contemporary arts. Working across multiple mediums, our young artists explore the creative, technical and entrepreneurial aspects of art, producing works that reflect both culture and works that speak to culture, ”said Benjamin Hoffman, art professor at Kutztown High School. “In addition to our many showcases and exhibitions on campus, our students have presented their work in various local and national venues, traveling exhibitions and national publications. The Kutztown Art Program encourages students to take risks, explore new materials, and reflect on themselves, each other, and the world around them.

Hoffman said what makes the Kutztown Art Program such an exceptional visual arts community is that the Kutztown Art Program is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its reach beyond the walls of the hall. class.

“Our rigorous and inclusive programs provide arts education at all grade levels and help us as educators participate in arts-specific professional development. Additionally, our program does not deprive students of art lessons for any reason and ensures that we meet the needs of each learner. Beyond the school day, our program is visible online and often recognized throughout the community through public exhibits, traveling exhibitions and social media, ”he said.

Throughout the year, Kutztown students participate in events that enrich the community and strive to show the impact the arts can have in a person’s life.

Last year, the high school enlarged its art room by organizing an entire space dedicated to earth and wheel throwing. Each year, students participate in the Souper Bowl, a program sponsored by the Opportunity House to help raise funds for families in need through a county-wide soup event.

Last summer, the Middle School Art & Science program teamed up to offer two weeklong camps dedicated to exploring art and science in the open air.

The K-12 Holiday Art Extravaganza features the work of all students during the downtown festivities. Last year, the art exhibition was held at the Kutztown Community Partnership.

Last year, students were invited to help paint a mural outside the Bagel Bar in town. This project led to several other murals in upcoming community art works and projects.

“As a resident of the Borough of Kutztown, there is nothing more special than working alongside our students in the community, doing all we can to beautify and enrich our space together,” said Hoffman . “Kutztown is an incredibly special community, founded on traditions and values. There really is a sense of pride when you ask people about their experience in Kutztown. For students, these opportunities provide lifelong memories that allow students to leave a lasting mark beyond their education. Students can travel and explore the world, but when they return home, they can still point out the traditions in which they were separated.

Superintendent Christian Temchatin congratulated the students and staff at Kutztown, including art teachers Sara Fidler, elementary; Kris Tuerk, middle school, and Ben Hoffman, high school, along with prior art teachers, at the October 18 school board meeting.

“There is just a great visual arts community and culture here in Kutztown that stretches from college to town,” Temchatin said. “It’s a culture that is pervasive in our schools. Walk the halls of any school and just see the talent… It’s a direct reflection of a whole program, in a culture, so congratulations. This is a well-deserved recognition as an exceptional visual arts community.

“It goes without saying how grateful and grateful we are to the entire administration and school board of the Kutztown area school district,” Hoffman said. “Without their support, we couldn’t have the art program that we have in place. In addition, I want to thank the arts educators who came before us, laying the foundation for a success that continues to grow today. Thanks to these individuals and our district, our program continues to expand each year, seeking new opportunities to advocate, promote and advance the arts here in Kutztown.

  • Kutztown area school district art exhibit at the Kutztown Community Partnership. (Photo submitted)

  • Kutztown students participate in the wheel throw in the ceramics studio. (Photo submitted)

  • Kutztown College Art and Science Camp. (photos submitted)

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