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February 3, 2010 > Art Show calling for entries

Art Show calling for entries

By Meenu Gupta

April is the "Month of the Young Child." It focuses on the need for quality early childhood education and safe environments for all children. Children's early years are the foundation for growth and development. Their art reflects the different aspects of their development - physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative. In conjunction with that the City of Milpitas, together with the Library Advisory Commission, sponsor the sixth annual Children's Developmental Art Exhibit, a gallery showcasing the talent of children. "The show will run from March 29 to June 7 in honor of April, the Month of the Young Child. The art shows began in 2002 initially on display at the Milpitas Community Center," said Toby Librande, City of Milpitas Child Care Coordinator. "In 2005 we moved the show to the Community Room of the old library. Last year was our first year showing in the auditorium of the new library."

The show focuses on the developmental changes in children's representations of their favorite things during the first 12 years of life. "This developmental art show features works by local artists, ages infant through twelve years, and demonstrates how children's artistic skills, understanding and expression develop in the first years of life" said Librande.

"Last year we had 55 pieces of art shown, representing 20 child care programs. There was a total of 431 entries submitted last year," she said. The theme changes every year. This year's subject is "Me!" "The children may interpret this theme broadly, but we are hoping to show how children's changing sense of self is demonstrated through their self portraits," said Librande. The art work should meet the following requirements: it must be flat, any medium is acceptable (pencil, pen and ink, marker, watercolor, crayon, collage or pastel. Artwork must be at least 3"x5" but no larger than 8.5"x11". It should not be matted or mounted.

Each entry must be accompanied by a form that can be found on the City of Milpitas website ( paper-clipped to the art, complete with the artist's comments about the piece. No adult printing on the front of the artwork is allowed. The judging panel is comprised of Library Advisory Commission volunteers. Training will be held to introduce Commissioners to developmental stages in children's art. The Commissioners will select the art based upon these guidelines: Is the piece age appropriate and representative of the developmental age? Is there an artist's statement? A title? Does the statement or title add to your understanding of the work? Does the piece look like the child was intentional in his/her mark making?

"Our goal is to select pieces that help educate and inspire the viewers while demonstrating the development of artistic skills and concepts," said Librande.

The art show welcomes artwork from the youngest children, just able to hold a crayon to pre-teen age of 12 years. Entries from programs, schools and parents from Milpitas are invited. Specify student name, age, adult contact name, school, phone number, title and artist's comments about the artwork. The entries must come with the "art tag" available on City's website. The parent or program should have the older children fill out the statement section but the parent or program should record the younger children's comments.

For more information contact, Toby Librande,City of Milpitas Child Care Coordinator, at (408) 586-3077, or email her at All artwork must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, February 26. Mail or deliver the submissions to Toby Librande, Milpitas City Hall, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas.

Artwork submission last date: Friday, February 26
Milpitas City Hall
455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas.
(408) 586-3077

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