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Reunited with art

Godwin community comes out for first districtwide exhibit since pandemic

Godwin Heights — For the first time since the pandemic began, the Godwin Heights community was able to come together to share and explore the work of its students.

Students, staff and families check out the many creations at the District Art Show (courtesy)

The District Art Show on April 28 featured more than 400 pieces of work from K-12 students who are participating in art classes this year. The exhibit was set up along the high school track, located in the auxiliary gym. Attendees could then follow the track around to look at the student art.

“This is the first year since the start of the pandemic that we have been able to have art in the middle school,” middle school art teacher Kim Urbanski said. “It was great to have the opportunity to share what the students have been doing throughout the year.”

The show included a wide range of genres, including painting, drawing, sketching, animation and sculpture. Attendees were also invited to take part in make-and-take art projects. 

Just by looking at the full halls, the event was very well received, said high school art teacher Deanne Basse. She added that it was great to see so many community members coming out to support Godwin students.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio

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