A gallery of more than 90 colorful pieces of art created by District 186 students has opened at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (SCIAAHM). This is the second year for the "Art for the Ages" exhibit, which opened Saturday. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade created the pieces, which include paintings, drawings and three-dimensional figures. The gallery provides a showcase for students' art in general as well as art about African American life and culture. Just like last year, the pieces have been framed and mounted thanks to grant funds received by the museum. The exhibit will run through March 31. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and there is no admission fee. Donations are accepted. Meanwhile, coming up fast is a related event – the 2023 Black History Bowl competition between the high schools. The museum created the bowl in 2019. It is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Southeast High School. "The student art exhibit and the Black History Bowl are two of the AAHM Black History Month programs where the museum focuses on our youth," said Carolyn Farrar, board president of the museum.

"Art for the Ages"
Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., through March 31
Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum 1440 Monument Ave. spiaahm.org

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