MORRISON – When faced with the challenge of entering a design for this year’s Paint the Town logo and T-shirt design contest, the Morrison High School art teacher stepped in.
According to the news release, Tony Wright knew that the concept and symbolism of “Art Matters," which four of his high school painting students had developed during the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year would be a perfect fit for the event. Those students are Mckenzie Renkes, Alliey Mitchell, Laura Zuidema and Corrina Geerts, all seniors this year.
“Art Matters is really a social commentary – in a nonpolitical and nonaggressive way – from all of our MHS art students on the importance of art in our schools,” Wright said. “So many times, in educational systems that are increasingly ruled by standardized tests, art courses are often the first thing put on the chopping block. We are proud that Morrison Schools, despite some challenges, have continued to provide a kindergarten- through 12th-grade art program that is so very beneficial for our students of all ages. You can see that art matters to our school and to our community.”
This year’s design features a teenager painting “ART MATTERS” on a row of student lockers, with a young girl looking on, imagining her own future inspired by the teenager’s artwork and creative expression. Models for the design were Mckenzie Renkes and Wright’s daughter, Ailey.
The students’ design was inspired by the British artist, Banksy – graffiti master, painter, activist and filmmaker of unverified identity – who has become known for his satirical, controversial, and often politically themed, artwork that shows up secretly and unexpectedly on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Paint the Town is an annual event sponsored by the Children’s Art Preservation Association of Morrison. CAPA devotes its resources to promoting and encouraging participation in the visual arts, supports the work of local artists, and partners with local schools to create programs that expand opportunities for instruction and appreciation of the arts.
For more information about CAPA, call 815-772-2670.