On March 1, the public is invited to take a walk among the student and faculty artwork of the Maricopa Unified School District.
Taking its lead from Phoenix’s First Friday and Scottsdale’s ArtWalk, the district is starting what it hopes to be an annual event for the community to see all the different fine arts it offers its students — from culinary to welding, from ceramics to jewelry making, and from drawings to paintings.
The event will be 5-7:30 p.m. in the district’s governing board room, spilling out into the hallways and onto the walls of the administration building.
“The plan is to have the art work wind itself through the building,” said Chuck King, co-chairman of the event.
Deputy Superintendent Ember Conley said the Art Walk is an effort to involve the community more with the district.
“The goal is to increase community and parent involvement in the district,” she said.
Conley put the call out to teachers and King and Peter Ventrone answered. The two Maricopa High School teachers — King is a photography instructor and Ventrone a graphic design instructor — are organizing the show.
Both are working on master’s degrees in fine arts and explained that the Art Walk will feature about 50 pieces of work from each of the district’s nine schools.
“This is the first, so we’re kind of feeling it out,” Ventrone said. Beyond the art work, the MHS orchestra will perform and culinary students will provide hors d’oeuvres.
The Art Walk is free and open to the public.
“We have some amazing, amazing kids here,” Ventrone said.Each piece of artwork will include information about the artist and the instructor. The art will be on display for about a month.
Teachers’ work, too, will be exhibited.
Conley said the district focuses on educating the whole child, and the arts help raise achievement.
“Bring back music and the arts, and they will come running,” she said.
King called the district, “a hidden treasure. A lot of things are going on here. Getting people to the talent, it’s a good thing.”
MUSD’s administrative offices are at 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.