HARTFORD - Smith Elementary School studentsâ€™ artwork is on display at the annual art exhibit hosted by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity in honor of Black History Month.
The exhibit began on Saturday and will run through Feb. 14 in the State Capitol/Legislative Office Building concourse, 300 Capitol Ave.
The art is by students of Linda Tomaiuolo and features past and present influential African Americans.
Work by students at Grace Academy in Hartford and Waltersville Elementary School in Bridgeport, and the featured artist for the exhibit, Malcolm Stanley of Meriden, will also be on display.
Before Tomaiuolo became an art teacher, she was a classroom teacher. Art has always been her passion, starting at a young age. She loves being able to teach and see her students create every single day.
Tomaiuolo has been a teacher in the New Britain school district for 33 years. She encourages her students to use their creativity in a way that is uniquely their own. She enjoys creating her own artwork through painting, drawing and photography, as well as, spending time with her husband Marc and son Max.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., there will be a reception honoring the students and an art discussion in Room 2A of the Legislative Office Building, at which guests can meet Tomaiuoloâ€™s art students, Malcolm Stanley and the commission. Mayor Erin Stewart and the New Britain legislators will be presenting the students with citations from the city. The discussion to follow will include art and African American history.
â€śThe students from Smith are so excited,â€ť said Denise Drummond, African American legislative policy analyst for the commission. â€śThey are looking forward to meeting the mayor and their legislators.â€ť
All are encouraged to attend both events and show their support for the students.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Drummond at firstname.lastname@example.org.