A new Bay art exhibit by Virginia Beach Middle School students is on display at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center through Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is a collaboration between CBF and sixth and seventh grade students in the Gifted Visual Arts Program at Virginia Beach Middle School.
The artworks reflect the students’ experiences on a hands-on boat trip on the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay led by CBF educators last September. Students crabbed, fished with nets, identified aquatic species, and discussed how to spread awareness about Bay issues through art.
“Through this hands-on learning experience, students were immersed in their local aquatic environment, learning to collaborate with their peers and community, and gaining inspiration to use their artistic expression to promote positive environmental change,” said Jessica Provow, Gifted Visual Arts Instructor for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. “Students learned they have a voice through their art, how the world around them is a place of inspiration, and how building community is a beautiful way to share knowledge and grow. From start to finish, this project empowered our artists and pushed their understanding of the learning.”
Every year, CBF leads about 1,500 Hampton Roads students in hands-on educational field experiences.
"CBF Education is dedicated to working with Virginia Beach Public Schools to find exciting opportunities to connect students with their local environment through field experiences, teacher professional learning, and student leadership opportunities,” said CBF Education Engagement Coordinator Kathlean Davis. “The exhibit at the Brock Center is a great reflection of this dedication to elevating student experiences and voices."
This opportunity was made possible by a Virginia Beach City Public Schools Innovative Learning Grant, and grant underwriter, Mike Ross from HBA Architecture.