Tulalip students and Native students from the Marysville School District got to show their art on April 18 at the annual Native Art Festival.
This year’s festival was at the Don Hatch Youth Center and was held in partnership by Tulalip Education officials and the Marysville School District.
“The Tulalip student Native American Art Festival has been going on for a long time and it’s an opportunity for us to showcase our Native students and the work that they do,” said Jessica Bustad, positive youth development and leadership manager for Tulalip Education division.
Students got to show a variety of different types of art, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, digital media and other mixed media projects.
“It’s an opportunity for us to inspire them to be creative and use positive forces to express themselves,” said Bustad.
Bustad said she enjoys seeing the variety of different art that gets submitted and the new trends that come in every year.
“My favorite part of running this is just seeing the creativity come out of all of the students and seeing how different all the art pieces are every year,” she said.
One of the memorable pieces this year was a piece of re-used material, she said.
“He [the student] did a beautiful piece made out of recycled water bottles, and that is one thing that we hope to do in the future, is promote recycled art,” said Bustad.
The annual festival is a good way to support kids creativity, she said.
“I think the kids feel a sense of pride and they take ownership in the pieces that they have created,” she said.
Students from kindergarten to 12th grade submit pieces for the annual festival.
“I think the kids take a lot out of it because not only are they seeing their own art pieces, but also their peers' art and getting ideas,” said Bustad.
Students get to show their art to their parents at the festival as well.
“It builds up their self-confidence and they are able to bring their families to show them their art. Even if they didn’t place, their art is still displayed here and it’s just a fun event for them,” said Bustad.
“I think the families like to come and see all the art and the kids get prizes and the families get prizes. It’s just a fun time to have dinner and enjoy people’s company,” she said.
Winners from the festival will have their art displayed at the Hibulb Cultural Center for a two-week cultural exhibit.