LunART Launches Art Program for Girls in Grades 2-12

By Shelby Rowe Moyer 

What does family mean to you?

LunART Festival is asking young girls to interpret this question through their art, with a chance for it to be showcased around Madison.

This virtual project is LunART’S first Youth Art Celebration initiative. LunART — which celebrates, supports and promotes women artists through public performances, exhibitions, collaborations and workshops — was inspired by 9-year-old Natalie Pauls, the daughter of LunART’s education coordinator Marie Pauls.

“Unbeknownst to her mother,” Natalie sent a letter to LunART’s executive director offering suggestions for youth programming, along with a $40 donation to get the program going, according to the news release.

The LunART team decided Natalie’s suggestion would be a perfect extension of their 2020 virtual exhibition, “Human Family” that celebrated Black women artists.

The theme for the young artist project is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, “Human Family,” which closes with the lines: “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

LunART is asking girls and women in grades two through 12 to submit their own two-dimensional, original artwork illustrating what family, community and connectedness means to them.

All submitted works will be viewable on LunART’s online gallery and a handful will be virtually on display at public venues around Madison during Women’s History Month in March.

Young artists have until Feb. 1 to submit their work.

For submission details in English and Spanish, along with an audio and readable copy of Angelou’s poem, visit

The Details

  • Theme: Human Family — explore what family and human connectedness means to you
  • Open to girls and women in grades two through 12
  • Submit a photo/copy of your two-dimensional artwork
  • Deadline: Feb. 1
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