Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861
What is the YAS?
Each year our office sponsors the annual Young Artists Showcase (YAS). YAS encourages youth from around Trinity County to express their artistic creativity through original artwork. This event is a public juried, all-media exhibition of artwork, created by Kindergarten through high school students. YAS is the longest running annual student art exhibition in Trinity County and has supported artistically-inclined students for over 35 years.
This year YAS is scheduled for the month of April 2018. The show opening will be Saturday evening, April 7th at the Highland Art Center in Weaverville. Even during these past few years of economic hardship, we are thankful to be able to continue this event, showcasing artwork from Kindergarten through high school students from all the schools in Trinity County. Even though many schools are no longer able to afford art teachers, classroom teachers are taking on this challenge and are teaching art within their classrooms.
We know that showcasing creativity in our students is not only an important step in allowing a way for students to express themselves, but according to a report by the Americans for the Arts, young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day, three days each week, through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. The arts are important in developing fine motor skills, promoting confidence, and teaching visual-spatial skills. According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Edutopia, involvement in the arts is also associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive skills, critical thinking and verbal skills. Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University states, “Children need to know more about the world than what they can learn through text and numbers. Arts education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.”
We invite you to join us throughout the month of April as we celebrate and showcase the students of Trinity County at the Highland Art Center. For more information, please visit www.tcoek12.org.