According to Art Education Coordinator Tricia Schumacher, the District 428 Art Show has been going on since at least 1999 when she started teaching in DeKalb. While it was previously held at the DeKalb High School Library (in the old building) it was clear that space was outgrown when there would be a line of people waiting to get into the building up until closing. Schumacher wanted the new location to be prestigious and local and so the Egyptian Theatre was chosen. In 2006 she approached Alex Nerad and he graciously donated the space. Since 2007 DeKalb CUSD 428 showcases student artwork grades K-12 in the theatre. Tricia told me, “Alex and the Egyptian staff have been so great to work with.”
This year the art teachers will hang the display on Monday April 29th. The show will be open to the public Tuesday April 30, Wednesday May 1, and Thursday May 2nd from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm each night. The “Artist Reception” night is Thursday, May 2nd and tends to have the biggest turnout. Every year, hundreds of people come out to support our talented students and our wonderful art program. This is a great opportunity for our parents and members of our community to celebrate the hard work and talent of our students as well as showcase the historic Egyptian Theatre. All around it is a great partnership and #proudlydekalb!
*Story by Cate Cardella