KINGSTON — While the artwork in the 2020-21 Visual Paradise final show is the culmination of the work of 25 students in the Creative Arts Focus Program as is usually the case, the format in which it’s being showcased is different.
In previous non-COVID years, the focus program would normally hold an in-person, gallery-style show for the public to see the students’ artwork. But that is not able to happen this year, and the artwork is being displayed entirely online.
“2020-21 was a year we will never forget,” Lauren McEwen, the Creative Arts SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) Focus Program teacher, said in the opening letter for the showcase. “A significant lesson that we have learned throughout this challenging and unprecedented time is how important and valuable the arts truly are towards our wellness, positivity, appreciation and hope. Art-making allows us to process our experiences and to express and understand the world around us, serving as an aid for healing and recovering. It is in times of crisis when we need humanity, expression and the sense of community that the arts create more than ever.”