For the sixth year, Kids Paint Rowayton continues on, even in the face of a pandemic and the temporary closure of Rowayton Elementary School. The Rowayton Arts Center has once again joined forces with the Rowayton Elementary School Art Department and PTA to continue this wonderful tradition. Children were encouraged to work with any materials they had on hand at home to “Wish a Wish”. The theme encouraged children to wish and hope, even in the face of the stressors such as the pandemic and the sudden change to distance learning. Under the guidance of their art teacher, Amanda Antunes, children in K-5 were invited to create a depiction of their wish.
Because the community cannot gather together this year in Pinkney Park, the children’s artwork is being displayed here via RAC’s new online gallery. The artwork will also be displayed in RAC’s windows for a short period of time following Memorial Day. Winners were selected this year by local artist, photographer, and RAC Executive Director, Andrea Letters. Gift vouchers for the prize winners have been donated by Jerry’s Artarama and RAC.
A special thanks to Sarah Waters (PTA Learning to Look Chair) and Eunice Roy (RAC Exhibitions Chair) for their help coordinating this event
I believe that we are all born artists. As we grow up, other things demand our attention, and some of us lose our connection to this form of self expression. With this year's theme, Wish a Wish, we can see the power art has to help us process, heal and overcome adversity. As parents are struggling with home schooling, kids are struggling even more with a loss of normalcy and social interaction. What they wish for is very simple—a peaceful and safe, COVID-free earth where they can spend time with their friends and dream of their future. Even though I chose prize winners, I felt each and every picture deserved attention, so I have posted my comments below each one. My wish is that these children stay connected to their art and continue in the tradition of the great artists that have come before them by helping us "see" the world around us.