ALLEGANY, N.Y. — “Better to Give: A Child’s Vision for Our World, ” a special holiday exhibition, is the result of a children’s art contest sponsored by the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 14 at the Quick Center.
For the contest, local schoolchildren in grades kindergarden through five were invited to create a work of art in response to the question, “If you could give the world a present, what would it be?” Some students submitted work as part of a class assignment, others submitted entries on their own. From the 146 entries, a panel of jurors selected 60 works from seven schools in New York and Pennsylvania for inclusion in the exhibition.
“We wanted to find a way to bring children into the museum, but with a twist: this time they get to see their own work hanging on the wall. It’s empowering for them. It shows them that they have a voice,” said Quick Center deputy director Ruta Marino.
“It is really wonderful to see their answers to this question,” adds executive director Joseph Lo Schiavo. “With their honesty and their complete frankness, these kids remind us all of what’s really important.”
Information about the center is available at 716-375-2994 and on St. Bonaventure’s Web site.