Charlotte Mecklenburg Student Art to Showcase at U.S. Department of Education Starting Monday

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The U.S. Department of Education will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the exhibit of student art work from North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011. The exhibit will include 70 K-12 students’ works of art, and the opening will showcase performances by Myers Park Camerata’s High School String Ensemble and Bradley Middle School Dance Corp. Bradley Middle School was just chosen to be the region's representative in First Lady Michelle Obama's health initiative, Let's Move!, and will be featured in the first-ever nationwide Let’s Move! Flash Dance choreographed by recording artist and fashion designer, Beyoncé Knowles. The flash dance will be sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.

Key speakers for the event are Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, U.S. Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and Ann Clark, chief academic officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is the 18th-largest school district in the nation. More than 100,000 pre-K through pre-college students throughout the district participate in a wide variety of arts courses, some of which include visual arts, graphics and electronic media, modern ballet, contemporary craft and design, orchestra and chorus. The exhibit will be at the Department through June 30.

Media interested in attending Monday’s ribbon-cutting or to schedule a visit to the exhibits and learn more about exhibiting opportunities, contact Jacquelyn Zimmermann at [email protected], or at (202) 401-0762.