Auburn University to host art exhibition of works by local junior high students

AUBURN – Auburn University will host “Collaboration and Innovation,” an arts exhibition celebrating the works of ninth-grade Auburn Junior High School students who participated in the Room Eleven program, Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Auburn’s Biggin Hall Gallery.

“Room Eleven is a collaborative venture between artists, teachers and students that infuses the traditional classroom with the arts,” said ninth-grade language arts teacher, Whitney Reed. “As a result of their work together, the students have come away with enriched understandings not only of the curriculum, but of who they are, where they live and why art matters. ‘Collaboration and Innovation’ is a celebration of the arts and education that are taking place in our own Auburn community.”

Students will guide visitors on a tour of the work they created this year in the Room Eleven program. In addition to the opening, there will be a short film screening and remarks from the teacher and artists involved. Refreshments will be served.

Throughout the spring semester, four faculty members in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, novelist Chantel Acevedo, visual artist Wendy DesChene, flutist Karen Garrison and saxophonist Russell Haight, worked with Reed and her class to develop a collection of works that deepened students’ understanding of the curriculum, the arts, their world and themselves. “Collaboration and Innovation” is the culmination of this effort.

Room Eleven is sponsored by the Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Vice President for Outreach with support from Auburn City Schools.

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