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March and April are all about art

County designates two months to build community through the arts

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors recently recognized March as Art IS Education Month and April as Arts, Culture and Creativity Month.

"These initiatives encourage Alameda County community members of all ages to connect with each other, create solutions, and build community through the arts," Board President Richard Valle said at the Feb. 26 meeting.

Art IS Education Month was founded in 2000 by the Alameda County Arts Commission and the Alameda County Office of Education to advance art as an essential part of a high quality and equitable education. This is the ninth year that the Alameda County Library has joined in to present free events including workshops, performances, concerts, movies, art contests, exhibitions and story-time activities. All library events are listed at www.aclibrary.org.

Arts, Culture and Creativity Month recognizes their crucial role in the lives of everyone in the state, organized by Californians for the Arts. There will be an Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento on April 23.

Also in March and April, the Alameda County Arts Commission is presenting the annual Youth Art Exhibition at the Alameda County Administration Building as part of the Art In Public Spaces program. The exhibition features watercolor paintings created by seventh- and eighth-grade students from Cesar Chavez Middle School in Hayward and pastel drawings by students from Harder Elementary School in Hayward.

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