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Clerks 4 ARTS Provides Middle School Students the Opportunity to Curate Colorful Public Art Exhibition

“Tree of Life” Art Exhibit Now Open to the Public at Clerk & Comptroller’s Office, Governmental Center

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Palm Beach County, FL (April 25, 2017) – When you step onto the second floor of Palm Beach County’s governmental center, you will immediately be captivated by vibrant larger-than-life paintings by talented Conniston Middle School artists. 

Now in its second year, the Clerks 4 ARTS (Art Reflected Through Students) exhibition is a community collaboration of the Clerk’s office with Conniston Middle School that encourages creativity and civic engagement. 

Reports show students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Twenty-one percent of last year’s Clerks 4 ARTS eighth grade participants were accepted to either Suncoast High School or Dreyfoos School of the Arts, two public schools with notable success rates.

“My office is committed to making positive contributions in the community,” said Sharon R. Bock, Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County. “Through this free community initiative, we are helping these students not only develop creativity, but also become critical thinkers and engaged citizens. We are proud to be making positive contributions to the students’ lives by giving them an advantage to reach higher educational goals.” 

This year’s art is inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life” and the Art Nouveau art period. The 100 pieces of artwork on exhibit range from acrylic paintings to multi-media installations. According to Conniston Middle School art teacher, Lisette Cedeño, "The art is a vibrant perspective of the local community and the way the students see the world using lines, shapes, colors and textures."

“While enhancing their artistic abilities, students also explored important business matters related to public displays including curating, logistics, partnerships, funding and marketing,” explained Principal Oscar Otero, Conniston Middle School. 

Though most of the students still do not have a clear idea of their future endeavors, one thing they do know is art is not just about talent or something fun to do, it takes critical and abstract thinking. 

“Art allows you to express yourself in a way that you can’t do in other more structured classes. It’s more emotional,” said Aimee Romero, second year Clerks 4 ARTS participant. 

Last year’s art was recently sold at an online auction and at events raising a total of $2,200 for the school to sustain the program for next year’s art exhibit. 

The Clerks 4 ARTS exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, second floor, West Palm Beach, FL. 

Visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/clerks4arts for more on Clerks 4 ARTS.

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About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.


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