Beaver Dam elementary school artwork displayed in Movie Theater

November 7, 2018

Artwork created by Beaver Dam elementary school students has a new showcase in downtown Beaver Dam. Select elementary artwork is now displayed at Rogers Cinema, 236 Front St.

Washington Elementary School art teacher Julia Liebenthal said theater manager Melanie Lee-Landu was at a parent-teacher organization meeting when she asked if the theater could show the artwork at the venue.

“We have all these empty walls,” Lee-Landu said. “We also want to try to get the high school on board.”

Prairie View Elementary School art teacher Katie Matthews said the K-8 artwork was displayed at the Seippel Center in the past, but since the Beaver Dam Arts Association moved to its new downtown location, the art teachers were looking for a new place to show off their students’ projects.

“We wanted to find a way for the community to be able to see the artwork throughout the year,” Matthews said.

Matthews said that they choose two to three pieces of art from each school.

“It gives the students something to be proud of and they can come here and see their artwork,” Liebenthal said.

It’s not the best artists who are chosen, Liebenthal said. The students who are respectful and safe in class are chosen to have their artwork displayed.

The students who are selected get a certificate and a coupon for free small popcorn when visiting the theater.

“They can see the piece when they come see a show, so it helps the movie theater a bit as well,” Liebenthal said.

The elementary school work is in the hallway leading to the mega screen, and the hallway leading to theaters three and four will eventually get artwork from students from Beaver Dam middle and high schools.

“Every month, there will be artwork representing six schools,” Liebenthal said.

The artwork will ultimately be returned to students as new items come in for display. Liebenthal said the district will also still celebrate Youth Art Month in March by displaying artwork throughout the community.

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