Originally created 02/22/06

Picasso Project will benefit children's group



Local high school students' artwork will be on display at the Aiken County Library through Saturday.

The works are part of the Picasso Project, a student art contest that doubles as a fundraiser for the child advocacy group Voices for South Carolina's Children. Proceeds will fund the organization's newest initiative - a "quality, voluntary 4-year-old kindergarten," said Margaret Brantley, the director of special projects for the group.

Students from six regions in South Carolina submitted about 400 pieces of art for the project, she said.

This is the first year for the Picasso Project, and Ms. Brantley said submissions were lower in some regions than expected. "It takes a little while to take off," she said of the project.

The top 12 works statewide will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art in March.

The works also will be part of a black-tie benefit gala for the organization in Columbia in April.

According to its Web site, www.scchildren.org, Voices for South Carolina's Children, formerly The Alliance for South Carolina's Children, is an independent, nonprofit child advocacy organization that works to improve the lives of children by providing information and resources about children's issues.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

Picasso project

Local high school students' artwork will be on display at the Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St S.W., through Saturday as part of the Picasso Project, a student art contest that doubles as a fundraiser for the child advocacy group Voices for South Carolina's Children. For more information about the display, call 642-2020.