TROY - More than 100 middle- and high-school students will get in touch with their artistic side during the ninth annual District II Visual Arts Achievement Program at Troy University on Feb. 28.
"Trojan Art Day" features workshops, demonstrations and competitions, taught and judged by the faculty and students of the University's Art and Design Department, and expands the statewide VAAP, an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
"The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts and is really designed to encourage young artists to showcase their work and provide some advanced training beyond high school," said Larry Percy, an art professor who coordinates the program for TROY.
"As an arts-in-education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 who are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions. Trojan Art Day seeks to greatly broaden the number of students who visit our campus and experience the power and beauty of the visual arts," he said.
In addition to the VAAP competition in traditional categories, in which attending schools may have up to 10 submissions, Trojan Art Day will feature a new competition: sidewalk chalk drawing, where teams of five to seven students from each school will execute a high-end sidewalk chalk drawing over a two-and-a-half hour period.
The day culminates in the VAAP Awards Ceremonies at 1 p.m., and will be centrally conducted in and near Malone Hall, and Malone Gallery, where the VAAP Competition Exhibition opens Monday, Feb. 24 and concludes Feb. 28.
Schools attending from District II include: Russell County Middle School, Montgomery Academy, Dothan High School, Pike County High School, Springwood School, Prattville High School, Coppinville Junior High, Alabama Christian Academy, Charles Henderson High School, Greenville High School, and Enterprise High School.