Kevin Maynard, Executive Director, Quad City Arts

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (April 1, 2021) — This is one of our favorite traditions as it highlights our communities’ young creatives and provides them with scholarships and cash prizes, which encourages them to continue to create impressive works of art. The show also offers an opportunity for the teachers to submit their work and take home the coveted Teacher Art Award.

Every year, we want to give all these instructors a prize because they deserve it for their hard work, but this year that desire is much stronger. It has been a challenging year for all teachers. They have had to learn to teach remotely, then hybrid, and then in-person following increased safety protocols, all the while balancing a barrage of updates while trying to make sure that no student falls behind. We know that takes its toll, but these teachers stuck through it and managed to help their students create works of art.

We greatly appreciate their hard work this (and every) year, and we know their students do as well because it shows through in the great works on display! On behalf of the board and staff of Quad City Arts, I would like to thank all our local art educators for continuing to create art and teach art during this unique year. I would encourage you all to come see their impressive work on display now in our gallery.




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