Each month, Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry will host student art, featuring a new theme

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Superintendent Christy Perry is using her office to feature student artwork. Students from across Salem-Keizer’s 65 schools will be invited to submit pieces of art for the display. Each month will focus on a different theme, beginning with Black History Month in February.

“There are so many things we can learn from our students and we are always looking for ways to elevate student voice,” said Perry. “The gallery is a great way for our students to express themselves and share their unique experiences and perspectives.”

Two schools submitted pieces for the first-ever Superintendent’s Student Art Gallery, Grant Community School and McKay High School.

Many of the art pieces feature Black and African American historical figures from U.S. history such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. A group of students from McKay High School provided a large canvas featuring a remix of Beauford Delaney’s portrait of James Baldwin.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to showcase some of our student artwork!” said Marc Barron, drawing and painting teacher at McKay.

The theme for March will focus on Women’s History Month and will feature the work of young artists from South Salem High School.