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Student art on display at Rockingham Free Public Library.

BELLOWS FALLS >> In celebration of Student Art Month, the Bellows Falls Middle School Art Department is exhibiting a selection of student artwork at the Rockingham Free Public Library. Original pieces continue to be on display at the throughout the month of March. Mary Lou Massucco, Art teacher at the Bellows Falls Middle School said, "This is a great way to celebrate the arts in school while allowing students to share their work and talent with the community."

Student Art Month, administered nationally by the Council for Art Education emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. Student Art Month also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. Started in 1961 through the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) and in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Student Art Month exists to recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society, recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all, direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking and increase community support for art education.