“Young Hearts to Arts” Traveling Exhibitions Kick Off

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance will host the exhibitions at Heathcote Botanical Gardens November 7 and Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens November 13

Arts activities at Young Hearts to Arts
Arts activities at “Young Hearts to Arts”

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance will host the return of its beloved second annual “Young Hearts to Arts” traveling exhibitions. Visit the exhibition at Heathcote Botanical Gardens on November 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on November 13, from 12 to 4 p.m. The exhibitions will feature 73 submissions of artwork from St. Lucie County students, ranging from elementary school to college students.

The exhibitions will also include fun activities for the whole family, like free art activities led by St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Art Guild Member Hannah Cullen. On November 7, magician Anthony “The Mr. Medina” will be entertaining students and families. At the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, guests will observe Cultural Alliance Art Guild painting live at Plein Air in the Garden. Both events will include live music from guitarist Nico James, with performances from 1-3 p.m. at Heathcote and from 12-2 p.m. at Port St. Lucie.

Free. 2021 submission by high school student Williams
Free. 2021 submission by high school student Williams

Voting is currently open on the online contest, where residents can vote for their favorite creations. The contest was launched last year as communities across the country and the world readjusted to find new ways to stay connected amid a pandemic. The success of the inaugural contest solidified its continuation as a Cultural Alliance signature online student contest.

Winners will take home award certificates, gift cards, and will have their work showcased in a special exhibition at the St. Lucie County administration building in Fort Pierce. At the gardens, guests can cast in-person votes for the “People’s Choice” award, which will earn winners in each category a $75 gift card.

Entries have been accepted and are judged in four categories: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College age students.First place and second place winners are voted for each category. The first annual contest was a success with 31 entries and nearly 400 votes by the public. Within the first week of voting, this year’s contest has already doubled in size, with more than twice as many entries and nearly 1,000 votes already submitted.

To view this year’s submissions, click here.

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