What an honor it was to present awards for the 2017 Youth Art Month at the State Capitol. I am thrilled that three pieces of art will be displayed in the Mayor's Conference Room. The young artists who will be sharing their art with us are Madalyn Bates of Evergreen Elementary in Rothschild, Courtney Burr from Wisconsin Rapids and Jennifer Le from Waterford Union High School. It was amazing to see the hundreds of young artists at the Capitol ceremony. Congratulations to all of them and to their families and teachers.
At this time when federal funding for the arts is being threatened, it is more important than ever for us to honor, appreciate and celebrate the arts. Nurturing, educating and honoring our young artists is truly important. It was great today that the hundreds of people who attended the ceremony were also able to watch Jon Thundercloud and the Native American Dancers. The Ho Chunk culture is one we celebrate and embrace and I am so pleased that they too, were part of the event. My thanks to Wisconsin Arts Education Association (WAEA) Chair Debra West, of the Tomah Area School District, for all her work in organizing the awards and ceremony.