Saturday, July 3, 2010

Middlesex County YAM Exhibit

During one of the worst storms we’ve had this year, water weary art enthusiasts continued to file into Middlesex County College’s Art Gallery for the annual YAM Exhibit. Seventeen schools and over 50 student artists participated this year. With over 175 guests in attendance the conversations were all about the art. It was as though no one cared about the weather.

Dr.Patrick Piegari, Middlesex County Superintendent of Schools, returned this year to read the proclamation. It was an honor to have him in attendance showing his support for the arts.

Our very own Senator Joe Vitale also addressed the students with inspiring words and was in awe of the talented students represented this year. We were very thankful to have him as our speaker for the event. Having dignitaries of this magnitude sends an important message to educators and students alike that what they’re doing is important.

We were fortunate, considering the economy to receive donations both monetary and in kind which allowed us to reward students with materials so they can continue to create art. A special thank you to General Pencil Company, Staples, and the PTA from South River.

After the last guest exited the building and the room became strangely quiet we had time to reflect back on the day’s events. We had in fact hosted a successful show and we are hoping to continue growing next year.

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