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District Art Show an eye-opening experience

LONE TREE – Every year the student-artists featured at the Douglas County School District Art Show amaze us with their creativity. The work on display, including stunning paintings, provocative photos and astounding sculptures, represents the work of kindergarten through twelfth-grade DCSD students.

This year, the exhibit moved to the Lone Tree Arts Center.

“I think it is wonderful. It is a perfect space to show artwork,” said Mountain Vista High School art teacher Amy Kahn.

“The teachers are very excited to be able to show their students’ work in such a prestigious place that is part of the community. We love it,” added Kim Chlumsky, the art teacher at Rocky Heights Middle School.

During the show, which was held April 24-27, thousands of people walked through the center’s lobby and exhibit hall, absorbing the talent of Douglas County students.

“It is amazing stuff that these kids are doing,” said DCSD Secondary Social Studies/Elective Curriculum Coordinator Gina Landis.

“It is our body of evidence, to showcase what our students can do and how amazing they really are.  They are so creative and innovative,” Chlumsky said.

The art show takes a tremendous commitment from art teachers around the District. They choose the work to be shown, matte and frame it, and then display it at the exhibition location.

“There is a lot going on, but the teachers care and we do it every year. It is an important part of the celebration of arts,” Kahn said.

The show, however, wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of four teacher-leaders and the District’s art curriculum coordinator.


2015 District Art Show Organizers
Kim Chlumsky, Rocky Heights Middle School
Pam Cogburn, Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School
Chris Hecker, Aspen View Academy
Amy Kahn, Mountain Vista High School
Gina Landis, DCSD Secondary Social Studies/Elective Curriculum Coordinator

“It has been a really great partnership with these different teachers. They are amazing educators and leaders in their field. Working with them has been wonderful,” Landis said.

During the show, more than 20 professional artists from around Colorado judged the artwork. The winning pieces will be placed on display at the PACE Center in Parker from May 5 – 25. The PACE Center will also host an artist reception on May 11 at 6 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 7 p.m.


District Student Art Awards

May 5-11
Pace Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue

"Celebration of Arts"
Monday, May 11
PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue

Viewing and artist reception:  6-7 p.m.
Awards ceremony: 7-8:30 p.m.

April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, Elementary Education, High School Education, Middle School Education, Schools

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DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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