The show, now in its 14th year and overseen by local artist Ed Terrell, features artwork by Reading School District students in grades 1-12. The students receive recognition and cash awards in several categories, including Best in Grade, Best in School, Best of Show, Best Use of Material and Best in Theme.
“I’m proud of our district arts program. It’s one of our strengths,” said Dr. Mumin, superintendent. “I’m grateful for community partners such as A.C.O.R. and Gallery Above Penn Square that create additional opportunities for our talented students to express themselves and cultivate their artistic talents. I’m excited to see their beautiful artwork on display.”
Elementary students enjoy participating in this show every year because they can explore various artistic mediums and materials, according to Ericka Evans-Loos, an art teacher at Lauer’s Park Elementary.
"The ACOR Show has become an important tradition to students, staff, and community of RSD,” she said. “Students are able to showcase their talents, creativity, and knowledge through the production and exhibition of art celebrating Black History Month.”
For secondary students, the show also provides real-world experience that could be useful in their future careers, said Kate Clewell, an art teacher at Reading High School.
“It affords our students the opportunity to showcase their talents in a community setting,” she said.
The Gallery Above Penn Square (GAPS) is located at 125 N. 5th St. in Reading. The awards reception is free and open to the public, and we encourage the community to come out and support our city youth.