Twenty five years ago the “Touch the Future” art show began as a tribute to Christa McAuliffe, NASA’s teacher in space who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Today that tribute is shining brighter than ever as the event celebrates a momentous milestone. There are 225 spectacular pieces from Bucks and Montgomery county public high school artists on display at the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists (MCGOPA) at SPP Galleries in West Conshohocken.
Barbara Suplee, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Art + Design Education and Art Therapy at the University of the Arts, an active advocate for arts education and this year’s judge notes, “We are now living in a conceptual age, an age in which creative thinking and innovation are needed–and the students in this show exemplify that mindset. They possess the six essential abilities that Daniel Pink (2006), author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, says is needed in a global economy. They are: symphony – ability to see relationships, put things together, think holistically; design – ability to shape the environment, serve our needs; story – ability to fashion a compelling narrative; empathy – ability to read and understand one’s emotions/expressions; play – ability to explore, investigate things that give one pleasure; and meaning – ability to search for and pursue purpose. The arts promote these aptitudes–aptitudes that are essential for success in today’s fast-changing world. They are necessary for those who choose careers in art AND medicine, engineering, banking, law, business, science, government, etc.”
The 25th annual “Touch the Future” art show is sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS). Bring the family out to see the show through Feb. 26, free-of-charge, during gallery hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can view more information, the winners and get a sneak peek of the art by visiting the CAPS website.