Local High School Art Contest Supported in Part by the National Arts Program Foundation

High school students from across Chester County, Pennsylvania were invited to take part in an art exhibit presented by the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC).  NAP Director of Operations, Maren Reid had assisted the DVCCC when developing and planning their first student art exhibit which took place in early 2017.  The success of that show has led them to make this an annual event. The contest now in its second year focused on the theme “All That’s Purple: Rise Up”, which corresponds with their Annual Gala Fundraiser. Along with offering three incredible prize packages, the DVCCC had a beautiful reception which took place at the Chester County Arts Association Gallery in the Exton Square Mall. The show will continue to hang through January 27 and is open to the public.

NAP Executive Director, Jackie Szafara was once again invited to be a part of the exhibit’s panel of judges, which also included; Victoria Wyeth granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth, Veena Shyamalan Loftus a local acclaimed professional artist, and West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin who is also an award winning photographer.

The National Arts Program® was delighted to sponsor several of the prizes this year including a $250 matching award for the first place student’s school art department, the second place prize of our $200 Art Education Award, and finally a $30 gift card for the People’s Choice winner. The first place winning artwork will also be professionally photographed and utilized as the cover of the DVCCC Gala invitation this year. 

Sponsoring or presenting an art exhibit can be a great way for a non-profit to reach out and engage those they serve in a new way. The DVCCC was able to use this exhibit as a way to network, bring their local community together, support the arts, students and local teachers all in one event and they get a beautiful one of a kind gala invitation to top it off! We encourage non-profits everywhere to try and incorporate art exhibits as a way of strengthening their connection to their communities.