Twelve students from six Title 1 schools in northeast Lincoln each received a $500 art class scholarship at an inaugural Art Scholar Ceremony Dec. 17 at Lux Center for the Arts.

The award winners and their parents were invited to the Lux for a luncheon and ceremony, where they received framed certificates and had their pictures taken. The ceremony preceded Lux’s annual Winterfest hands-on art-making event for families.

The students were selected based on merit by their art teachers in collaboration with their school’s administration, said Joslyn Schmutte, Lux’s marketing and administrative coordinator.

“This is our first year,” Schmutte said. “Lux and Lincoln Public Schools hope to roll scholarships out to more schools in succeeding years.”

The scholarship awards were made possible by funds donated by Lincoln residents who believe in the value of teaching youth how to express their creative energy in a positive way, Schmutte said.

“Research shows that visual art can be a valuable alternative language for self-expression and helps to build self-confidence and creative problem-solving skills,” she said. “These benefits can reach far beyond the art classroom and have a positive lasting impact on a child’s well-being.”

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