The coronavirus pandemic and resulting closures of nearly everything didn’t succeed in sweeping Bedford’s 26th annual K-12 Art Show into oblivion. Originally organized by a group of volunteers under the ArtLink banner, this year’s online gallery is the work of the Bedford Schools’ Art Department.
Program Director Sean Hagan wrote, “As you know, we were unable to hold our annual exhibit due to Covid-19. The art department still wanted to honor the great work of our students, so we have embarked on a massive online project.”
Each art teacher in the district has uploaded student work to a K-12 online art gallery that ‘went live’ early this week. Work was done during school, and also at home since March, through online learning.
“While it’s certainly not the same as viewing the work in person,” Hagan continued, “this gallery will allow us to do something that we have not been able to do in prior years, which is to reach a global audience.
“We are excited for the Bedford community (and the communities beyond!) to view our students’ work, and we hope everyone enjoys the gallery!”
Featuring work from Bedford’s youngest students at Davis School, through Senior Projects created to showcase the work of graduating students who have majored in Art, the site represents an enormous amount of work and tireless effort. Members of the Bedford Art Department staff have gone to great lengths to keep art in the lives of their students during the school closure, and they are eager for residents and relatives (near and far, far away) to wander the gallery to appreciate the students’ work.
The site works best with either Chrome or Firefox as a web browser https://sites.google.com/bedfordps.org/bedford-public-schools-2020-ar