Dates, locations set for Sauk Trail art shows

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Dates have been set for the four locations where art developed by Sauk Trail fourth-graders will be displayed.

The students' work will be on display at Middleton Glen, 6720 Century Ave., from July 21-28 with a reception on July 22. The work will be on display at Heritage Senior Living, 6206 Maywood Ave., Middleton from Aug. 4-15 and at the Middleton Senior Citizen Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave., from Aug. 18-29. 

The work will also be on display at Rosemary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains from Sept. 3-13 as part of the library's back-to-school theme. After that, the some of the art will be displayed at Sauk Trail.

There is no fee to view any of the displays.

The art project -- Students' Inter-generational Art to Preserve Nature -- was funded by an $8,000 grant from the American Girl Fund for Children. More than 60 fourth-graders were involved in the project.

Tom Kobinsky, who works for the District in Facilities Support and is a MCPASD Education Foundation board member, along with Sauk Trail art teacher Anne Gustafson drafted the proposal, with input from the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

The project started with fourth-graders interviewing senior citizens at local residential facilities. The children also visited Pheasant Branch Conservancy to explore, sketch, and take photos of examples of what they learned from their interviews.Senior citizens also stopped by Sauk Trail earlier this spring to help and provide support.

Children chose from a variety of media to create art reflecting their newly discovered passion for protecting nature.

A booklet was also produced and is currently being printed. It features the art with individual comments from each artist, plus photos of the students interviewing the seniors and working together in the art room. Booklets will be offered at no charge.

The American Girl Fund for Children provides grants for philanthropic programs throughout Dane County that enhance children’s education in the arts and environment. American Girl was founded, and is still based, in Middleton, and is devoted to celebrating girls ages 3 to 12 through age-appropriate, high-quality dolls and accessories, books, clothes, movies, and unforgettable experiences. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel Inc., the world's leading toy company.