2018 RRISD Youth Art Month Billboard Design Artist Announced

The Round Rock ISD Fine Arts Department is excited to announce that Alejandra Plata, a eleventh grade student artist at Westwood High School has had her work chosen in the second Round Rock ISD Youth Art Month (YAM) Billboard Design Competition and her work will serve as the featured secondary student artist for 2018.  The competition was run within our secondary (grade 6-12) visual arts program with work selected by our 2017-2018 Youth Art Month Design Committee.  The billboard is designed to complement our decades rich elementary YAM t-shirt project.   Alejandra will have her work displayed on an electronic billboard along IH 35 for one week, scheduled for March 12-16, 2018.  The Fine Arts Department is pleased and honored to partner with the City of Round Rock and Lamar Advertising for this opportunity to promote the art created by youth in our community during National Youth Art Month.  Miss Plata’s visual arts teacher is Brittany Skillern.

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. It was created in 1961 by ACMI, a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the National Art Education Association (NAEA).  In RRISD, we celebrate Youth Art Month in multiple ways.  During March, many campuses host Gallery Night Exhibitions that showcase the work of students K-12, Elementary Art Faculty host a district-wide student exhibition at the Performing Arts Center with an opening reception attended by 700+ parents, student artists and community members along with selling YAM t-shirts to over 1000 people in our community each year. In addition, in 2017, we began working in partnership with the City of Round Rock and Lamar Advertising to craft a billboard for display along IH 35.  Watch for our design coming March 2018!