Art show illustrating the life of military children coming to MacArthur Center

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Artwork by military student Kaycee D., a third grade student at Granby Elementary in Norfolk, Virginia.
Artwork by military student Kaycee D., a third grade student at Granby Elementary. (Courtesy of Norfolk Public Schools)

NORFOLK – An upcoming art show will allow viewers to look at life from the perspective of military children.

On Thursday, April 6, Norfolk Public Schools and Naval Station Norfolk will debut “The Art of Being a Military Child.” The exhibit, which will showcase art made by Norfolk military students, will be housed at ORIGIN Arts Gallery inside MacArthur Center.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the military on such a fun and meaningful project,” said Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong, executive director of interagency collaboration and wraparound services for NPS.

Students submitted their artwork in January. Winners will be announced at the opening event. The exhibit coincides with the month of the military child.

“We were also thrilled to secure MacArthur Center as an event partner and exhibit host. This means so much to the school division because collaborating on these types of events with our community partners helps us to better provide support services and is a great way to highlight the support provided to military-connected students through our School Liaison Officers,” Byrdsong said. “Additionally, it’s a wonderful opportunity to nurture the creativity of our students”.

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, Commanding Officer Richard C. McDaniel of Naval Station Norfolk and Mayor Kenny Alexander will attend the exhibit’s opening, starting at 6 p.m. on April 6.

The exhibit will stay at ORIGIN from April 6–8. Afterward, it will move to center court next to “Bunnyville” from April 10–30.