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NCES students’ art on display in county hospital

NCES students’ art on display in county hospital

Neshoba Central Elementary School students who have their art on display in the county hospital include, first row, from left, Paxton Posey, Harper Pope, Zac Broom, Tristan Thompson and Vanna Vowell. In back are Gavin Ladd, Kadence Smith and Aizlyn Wilson.

Tanya Kilpatrick, an art teacher at Neshoba Central Elementary School, is delighted to see her students’ art showcased in the county hospital.

Inspired by a similar project at a Meridian hospital, she proposed the idea to Neshoba General Hospital officials who eagerly agreed to display the colorful pieces near the cafeteria.

Visitors to the hospital can now enjoy framed art featuring snowmen, fish and hearts among other works.

The project currently includes 12 pieces of art with plans for rotation every three or four months.

Kilpatrick plans for her students to create artwork depicting Fair cabins to hang before the school year ends.

The students, whose works were chosen for the project, were very excited, especially those with parents working in the hospital.

“Hopefully, we can expand in the future,” Kilpatrick said. “I think it is a really good thing.”

Neshoba Central Elementary School Principal Tiffany Plott said the school has a great community relationship with Neshoba General Hospital.

"We are always thankful for their partnership,” she said. “What an awesome way to display and showcase local students’ artwork!”

Annette Watkins, director of public relations and marketing for Neshoba General, was so excited that Kilpatrick reached out to her about the joint venture.

“When the first art arrived, we were even more delighted for the excellent opportunity to brighten up our corridors with the students’ talent,” she said. “We have received many comments regarding how fun it is to view the art.”

“The wall of art is inside near the cafeteria and our beautiful fountain located outside in the courtyard. We welcome you to see your family members’ art, which is on display. Each piece is labeled for visitors’ convenience.”

Kilpatrick is especially excited about promoting the Fair through the upcoming cabin-themed art.

“I’ve just always wanted to do this so I found time to write the proposal,” she said.

She sees the project as a great public relations opportunity for both the hospital and the school.