Great Falls ERGON art exhibition

The Great Falls 4th annual ERGON art show kicks off this evening and will be open for the entire month of November.

The art exhibit showcases art from kids in grades K-12 and the inspiration behind some of the pieces might be a little surprising. 

"I really like painting stuff about like, nature, and like fish and like water and landscapes and stuff like that," says Greydon Hart, a senior at Great Falls High School. 

For others, however, inspiration came through something as simple as brushstrokes.

"I definitely didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do for that piece until I put the brush on the canvas and just started going for it. Just letting the brush do the work," says Amy Hasbrouck, a senior at Great Falls High School.

One common theme stood out among these young artists and that was that the arts are a part of their identity. 

Art has given them the gift to express themselves and how they see the world around them. 

While Great Falls continues to embrace the arts, many schools across the nation have had to cut art programs out of their curriculum. 

Based off of a 2015 report on childrensmusicworkshop.com, 1.3 million elementary school students don't have a music class. 

The 2015 report titled, "Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K-12 Music Education in the United States 2015," also stated 36% said their children had less than a year of music education while 16% said their student had zero musical education. 

For Sydney Klippenes, a senior at Great Falls High School, life without art is simply unimaginable. 

"If you don’t have art, there’s very, very limited ways people can express themselves. If I didn’t have that then I’d just be lost."

The open reception for the ERGON art exhibition will be starting at 4 pm tonight and will continue through November 28 at Great Falls College-MSU. 

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