Celebrating the Possibilities!

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) administers Youth Art Month at the national level. Festivities take place annually, traditionally each March, to celebrate visual arts for grades K – 12. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety.

BNI has recognized the integral role of art in programs for children and adults with disabilities since its inception. Why art?

  • Art is an essential component of a well-rounded education program
  • Art enriches the quality of one’s life
  • Creating art fosters the development of critical thinking skills

Front Guelcher Post Card 2016_001It was 9 years ago when I presented to John Barber the concept of holding an art show during March for children and adults with autism. As we discussed further, it made the most sense that our art show would bring the entire community together, both artists and amateurs, as well as children and adults with and without disabilities. We were unsure of whether this event would be of interest; to our surprise, the support was overwhelming!

We have grown since our first year to a record number of artwork submissions: 210 pieces from children and 320 pieces from adults! If you are in the area from April 8-11, don’t miss one of the largest and most diverse art shows in the region, with paintings, photography, and sculpture! The show is open to the public; admission is free.

9th Annual Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher Art Show & Sale

at The Barber National Institute

Friday, April 8, 10:00 – 8:00

The community is invited to a Wine & Cheese Reception, 5:00 – 8:00

Saturday, April 9, noon – 3:00
Sunday, April 10, noon – 3:00 – Youth Artist Award Ceremony and Activities
Monday, April 11, 1:00 – 6:00




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