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Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 9, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $15

Opening Friday at the San Diego Museum of Art, this year's annual youth exhibition features works by K-12 students on topics of environmental sustainability. The works are incredible, ranging from paintings to drawings to mixed media collage (don't miss one 5th grader's "Seagull with Goldfish" work that includes a rumpled Goldfish cracker bag). They'll inspire you on many levels, whether it's the students' awareness of our planet's fragility, or the sheer creativity and artistic skill — and at the very least give you a little hope for the future. The works will be on view on the museum's first floor, and even the materials used to construct the exhibition reflect a commitment to sustainability — from wall labels made from recycled t-shirt fibers and renewable panel materials. -- Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

The San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial student exhibition Young Art has the extraordinary distinction of being the longest running program in the history of the Museum: Young Art 2021 is the 46th celebration over a span of 90 years. Young Art is a juried exhibition that features the finest examples of artwork created by Kindergarten through 12th grade students in San Diego County.

The theme of Young Art 2021 exhibition is the environment and sustainability. Educators and students are encouraged to express innovation and creativity through artwork that conveys a sustainable message or feeling, not being harmful to the environment and depleting nature resources, while taking inspiration from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Young Art 2021 theme builds upon ongoing Museum sustainability efforts.

Young Art 2021 features several programs and interactive activities including family-friendly activities. See featured student works of art and programming on the Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet exhibition webpage.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Photograph of the painting "Plastic, Not Dinner," by Anjo...

Above: Photograph of the painting "Plastic, Not Dinner," by Anjolie Ly, Grade 11, Westview High School. Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art.

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