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Community Art Walk runs through Sunday in Beaver Dam

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Student artwork is on display in Beaver Dam businesses through Sunday in celebration of Youth Art Month. Josh Wegner viewed an exhibit Tuesday featuring the works of Lincoln Elementary School students at National Exchange Bank & Trust, 1609 N. Spring St. Go to wiscnews.com/bdc to see a photo gallery of the community art walk.

After a long, dreary winter, local businesses added a bit of brightness to their walls this month through participation in the Community Art Walk.

Put on by the Beaver Dam Unified School District’s various art departments, each business has a small display of chosen art from one of eight schools.

The art walk is the district’s way of celebrating Youth Art Month, which was started in 1961 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute. It provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences.

Art education helps students develop self-esteem, appreciation for the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, connections to other content area and critical thinking skills, according to a BDUSD press release.

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The special walkable exhibit continues through Sunday. The public can view a variety of student artwork during regular business hours of each participating location.

Selected works from Beaver Dam High School students are exhibited at Black Waters, 308 S. Center St.; Summit Credit Union, 104 Frances Ave.; and Moraine Park Technical College, 700 Gould St.

Beaver Dam Middle School art can be viewed at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, N7156 E. Plaza Dr.; BMO Harris Bank, 120 Park Ave.; Integrity Floors, 308 Seippel Blvd.; Landmark Credit Union, 106 E. Main St.; and American Bank, 115 Front St.

Most of the elementary school students have their pieces in downtown businesses. Rogers Cinema, 236 Front St., has art from Washington Elementary on display; McKinstry’s Home Furnishings, 131 Front St., has featured works by Jefferson Elementary; Edith’s Cakes and Catering, 103 Front St., has items from South Beaver Dam; Firefly Fibers, 112 Front St., is highlighting art from Prairie View students; and Gene’s Beaver Floral, 125 N. Spring St., is exhibiting Wilson Elementary artwork. The works of Lincoln Elementary students can be found at National Exchange Band & Trust, 1609 N. Spring St.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

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