Scholarship opportunity creates art show for Ogden kids

Left to right, back row: Kayle Moe, Hallie Bristle, Brogan Groves, Brooklyn Schlicht, Ella Dutcher, Cameron Mitchels; front row: Skylar Sesker, Lexi Sesker, Emily Padgett, Ada Weaver, Addie Wisecup, Lila Phipps.

Ogden Elementary students were able to express themselves through their artistic interpretations of Iowa during a kid’s art show that took place at the Leonard A. Good Community Library last week.

Kids from first through fourth grade were invited to participate in the program that held Grant Wood, a well-known painter from Iowa, and his style of regionalism at its focus.

“I asked the kids what they thought of Iowa, and told them to create based off of that,” said Emma Blair, a high school junior was responsible for organizing the event.

As part of an application for the Hoover Uncommon Student Award, a $1,500 scholarship put in place by the Hoover Presidential Foundation, Blair started working on the project to bridge the artistic gap for Ogden students after cuts to the elementaty and middle school art programs were made.

“There was a need for art in the community, so that’s where the idea for this project came from,” said Blair.

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