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Clerks 4 Arts Provides Middle School Students the Opportunity to Curate Imaginative Public Art Exhibition

“The Many Faces of Picasso” Art Exhibit Now Open to the Public at Clerk & Comptroller’s Office, Governmental Center

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Palm Beach County, Fla. (April 20, 2018) – The Clerk & Comptroller’s Clerks 4 Arts (Art Reflected Through Students) exhibit opened on April 19 with more than 150 pieces of original artwork by Conniston Middle School students. Now in its third year, Clerks 4 Arts encourages creativity and civic engagement by bringing a new student art exhibit to the Clerk’s offices in the Governmental Center each spring.

Reports show students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.

“My office is committed to making positive contributions in the community,” said Sharon R. Bock, Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County. “By providing public display space for these student artists they are able to cultivate their creativity while showcasing their work.”

This year’s theme is “The Many Faces of Picasso.” Representing the diversity of our community, the students crafted faces portrayed in bold colors and shapes.

According to Conniston Middle School art teacher Lisette Cedeño, whose students created art for the exhibit, “The many faces of Picasso is a representation of the many faces we wear on a daily basis. These portraits stand as a reminder that this period of adolescence can be a challenging time for all who experience this valuable moment in life.”

“The Clerk 4 Arts program provides students an opportunity to explore their personalities within an artistic paradigm,” said Shannon R. Chessman, Chief Operating Officer of Finance for the Clerk & Comptroller. “They also gain experience in important business matters related to the large-scale public display of art including curation, logistics, partnerships, funding and marketing.”

Sixth grade Student Shelby Martinez adds, “This project really shows how our individual creativity comes out in different ways and our different personalities. They are all so different, but they still show that we are all human and we have things in common."

Last year’s art was recently sold at an online auction and at events raising a total of $2,300 for the school to sustain the program for next year’s art exhibit.

The Clerks 4 Arts exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clerks & Comptroller’s office in the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, second floor, West Palm Beach.

For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller, call 561.355.2996 or visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

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About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.


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