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October 19, 2018


MRHE Students Become Art Aficionados

MRH Elementary School lived up to its reputation as "School as Museum" in a big way this week.

Sixth graders from MRHE were among those from 13 local school districts chosen for a St. Louis Art Museum project called Student Art Aficionados. Students took part in an authentic art buying experience at the internationally recognized Saint Louis Art Fair on September 8. Last night, they followed up with a showcase at the Third Degree Glass Factory on Delmar Avenue.

The students were given a budget of $750 to purchase art for their school building and an additional $750  to purchase art for a traveling art show that will be shared with schools throughout the region. At the showcase, the MRHE students ---Maia Truemper and Blue Bynum -- participated in a panel describing the process of how they chose the pieces to buy and how they budgeted their money.  

The works by artists Lorri Kelly and Matt Hemminghaus will be on display at the elementary school next week.

In a time when the arts are being threatened by budget cuts, the Student Art Aficionados program aims to give students an authentic art-buying experience to install artwork in their schools while leaving a profound, lasting impact on the community and the students themselves. In addition to empowering young people with an opportunity to experience art in a new way, the team-building, business, and presentation components of the program will further develop transferrable skills including basic budgeting, negotiation, working in a team environment and public speaking, and occur both inside and outside the classroom.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.