Cumberland schools chosen for statewide Gift of Art recognition

Cumberland schools chosen for statewide Gift of Art recognition

Artwork by Aliyah Day, a 3rd-grader at Garvin Elementary School.

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland School District was chosen to be the statewide representative for the 2020 Gift of Art to the state of Rhode Island.

On behalf of The Rhode Island Alliance For Arts In Education and the University of Rhode Island, and thanks in part to funding from the Rhode Island Council of the Arts and private donors, Cumberland was honored to receive the recognition for its extraordinary work in the visual arts, said Tara Villanova, one of nine art teachers in local schools, who works at Garvin and Community Elementary Schools.

The “Gift of Art” award allows for nine students’ artwork to be professionally framed and added to the permanent collection of more than 250 artworks at the University of Rhode Island Providence Campus.

Student work chosen for the display was done by Arjun Rao, Sara Egan, Aliyah Day, Sidney Lepore, Shawn Murray, Kaelie Erskine, Eric Bliss, Emmarae Gadberry, and Amanda Meegan.

Districts are selected based on the following criteria:

• Enthusiastic, positive and personalized learning for all students;

• Interdisciplinary curriculum;

• A variety of creative resources;

• Qualified and dedicated leadership;

• And a wide variety of activities with diverse solutions.

A recognition ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 21 at the URI campus.

Artwork by junior Eric Bliss.
Artwork by Sidney Lepore, and 8th-grader at North Cumberland Middle School.