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REPRESENTATIVES DEBRA HILSTROM, DENISE DITTRICH, MELISSA HORTMAN, AND MIKE NELSON ANNOUNCE “CAPITOL GALLERY” STUDENT ARTS PROGRAM PROGRAM WILL DISPLAY STUDENT ART IN THE STATE OFFICE BUILDING

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Representatives Debra Hilstrom, Denise Dittrich, Melissa Hortman, and Mike Nelson today announced a program to display student art from their districts in the State Office Building, across the street from the State Capitol. “We have a tremendous amount of talent in the students of our area," Representative Hilstrom said, “And we want to share that with everyone else here at the Capitol. I can think of nothing better to decorate our walls.” Under the program, schools would be invited to select three pieces of student art for display each month. This could include paintings, photographs, sculpture, poems, or other works of art. They will then be hung or otherwise displayed in and around the office of each student’s own Representative. New art will be selected and displayed each month during the school year, with the previous month’s art returned to the students. “This is good for students and good for those of us working at the Capitol,” Representative Hortman said. “Not only will we all be surrounded by excellent art, but I believe it’s important to build connections between students and their government. We want them to feel a part of everything that’s going on here.” Representative Nelson agreed. “This art will be displayed right where the business of state government happens,” he said. “I’m excited for the students to visit and see that.” Schools in the Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo, Robinsdale, and Brooklyn Center school districts would be eligible to participate. Principals and art teachers will be invited to make the selections, and each school will choose how it wants to select the art to display. “Arts education is important,” Rep. Dittrich said. “I want everyone in the House of Representatives to see what excellent art our students are producing.”