Janine is the Visual Arts Teacher at Byron Center West Middle School. She and her students entered the Youth Collaboration Award in 2017, and have entered again for ArtPrize 10.
ArtPrize offers an opportunity for students to have direct and meaningful interactions with art. It makes what I am teaching relevant to their lives and engages our curriculum with content that helps push students as artists in their own right.
The Arts saved my life. As a child who kind of floated through school, the Arts (specifically dance and visual arts) gave me an anchor and point of purpose to push my life forward. I became an Art teacher because of the value I place on quality Arts education and the impact it had on me. I hope to instill a love of the Arts with my students and help them find their purpose in whatever drives them.
This past year, my students and I had a great opportunity to develop a work for ArtPrize Nine. When I first heard of the new [Youth Collaboration Award], it seemed like a perfect opportunity to make something special with students. It was great to see students work together with purpose, knowing that their work would be a part of this large event. Even better was connecting with our venue at Monroe Community Church, who would eventually make the jurors' shortlist for outstanding venue. It was such a joy to see our work installed in our venue, speak with the other artists in the space, and take students there on a field trip to view it. It was also great to see the work on WOOD TV8 when showcasing the venue.
Students felt so much pride for the work they collaborated on and continue to appreciate our work in its new home on display in our Library.
We're currently planning another piece for ArtPrize 10 and look forward to the opportunity to have our work a part of this event again.
Photos: Courtesy of Janine Campbell