Harbison West Elementary School student Cheryl Rasheed was 2nd place Youth winner in the multicolored drawing category. Her color pencil drawing “Angel/Devil” was one of several pieces of artwork displayed at The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 5th Annual Art Exhibition. On January 15th, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands held its annual exhibition featuring artwork from their talented members. The exhibition, orchestrated by Director of the Arts, Crystal Aldamuy, featured 339 drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs created by the children who attend the BE GREAT ACADEMY afterschool program. A large number of friends and family came out to recognize the amazing accomplishments of these members. This exhibition was a great example of the major emphasis The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands places on the arts.

As a core program area at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Visual Arts encourages children to express themselves through creative techniques including drawing, painting, collages, mixed media, and sculpture. And as these talented youth grow into tech savvy teens, the program expands to include photography, animations, filmmaking and graphic design at the Middle School level. A major component of the arts program is allowing the children the opportunity to work with various mediums and giving them a place to showcase their work through this local art show.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands proudly serves 8 school districts, 46 schools, 2 standalone sites, and over 4,200 children. The art exhibition displayed work from Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Fairfield and Newberry counties. Specifically, in Lexington School District Five, the BE GREAT ACADEMY afterschool program serves 300 children and is located in 3 schools. BGCM is currently partnered with the following schools Chapin Elementary, Harbison West Elementary, and Lake Murray Elementary.

More pictures from the exhibition can be viewed by visiting www.begreatacademy.com Congratulations to the following students from Lexington Five who placed in the exhibition and will move on to the Southeast regional competition: Cheryl Rasheed (Harbison West), Payton Davis (Harbison West), and Brooklyn Cornwell (Harbison West).