Every March, the Springfield Art Museum invites local student artists in kindergarten through twelfth grades to exhibit outstanding artwork in the All School Exhibition. A celebration of Youth Art Month, this highly anticipated show has been a staple of the Museum's annual schedule for well over forty years. As the art teachers who work with these students know, art is a powerful educational tool. In addition to creativity and self-expression, the arts teach problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and collaboration. Artwork created by children and teenagers is often relegated to education wings or hallways when it is displayed in museums. By showcasing students' work in one of its primary gallery spaces, the Springfield Art Museum seeks to highlight the importance of arts education and honor the accomplishments of young artists. The exhibit also reflects the work of the incredibly talented teachers in our community, many of whom are practicing artists themselves. Faculty members from public, private and parochial schools select artwork for exhibition, and a dedicated team of teachers and students from Springfield Public Schools installs the art in the galleries. The All-School Exhibition will run March 4th through April 23rd, with an opening reception for middle and high-schools Friday March 3rd from 5:00 to 6:30pm, and Sunday March 5th from 1-5pm for elementary students. Call 837-5700 or visit www.sgfmuseum.org/201/All-School-Exhibition.