Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition Opens 20th Show

Published on: 2/25/2021

The Links, Inc., Savannah Chatham County Public Schools, and the City of Savannah presented the 20th Annual New Beginnings Youth Art Exhibition.   "Art opens many doors for our young students. The Savannah (GA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and our partnerships with SCCPSS and the City of Savannah have helped us to continue this program now in its 20th year," said Angela Young, President of the Savannah Chapter of the Links.  

The exhibition features Savannah Chatham County middle-and high-school students' artworks, created based on the theme “Visual Art in a Virtual World."   A virtual reception for the exhibit was held February 23 and several speakers congratulated the team of teachers, sponsors, and artists who made the event possible.  Among the virtual attendees were Van Johnson, Mayor of Savannah; Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent of SCCPSS; Dr. Joe Buck, president of the Board of Public Education for Savannah Chatham County Public Schools and members of The Links, sponsors and other supporters. 

“The level of the entries this year was nothing short of spectacular!  We are impressed with the talent of the students and thank them for sharing their work with us,"  Carol Bell of The Links, Inc., and chairmain of the Links Arts Facet, stated.  

Rosemary Dodson,  Program Coordinator for Visual Arts for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, managed the competition and created the virtual exhibit to showcase art from our middle and high school students.  "This was a unique year," said Mrs. Dodson, "and we had to come up with a way to share all the work in a virtual environment.  The exhibit is interactive and can literally walk through the gallery.  Take a guided tour or go off on your on!"  

The competition awards first, second and third place in both high school and middle school divisions, as well as a Best in Show.  Over 125 entries are on display.  The winners of the competition for 2020 are:

Best of Show Winner - Avery Sullivan, Savannah Arts Academy

High School Winners

1st place:  Mojdah Asimi – Savannah Arts Academy

2nd Place:  Amy Oh, Savannah Arts Academy

3rd Place: Giselle Berrien – Johnson High School

​Middle School Winners

1st place:  Elizaveta Kalacheva – Garrison

2nd Place: Brock Betters – West Chatham Middle School

3rd place:  Tijuana Heyward – West Chatham Middle School

Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett congratulated the young artists.  "We are proud of the talented students who participated in this exhibit!  Congratulations to everyone who had a part in putting this together."  

Take a guided tour of the exhibition here


TOP: Brock Betters, West Chatham Middle School, 7th grade; Teacher:  Lauren Boyle

THUMBNAIL:   Best of Show 2020, Valen Pabon Morales, Savannah Arts Academy, Alumni

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