NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Many teachers will tell you, they don’t do the job expecting a “thank you”. The past two years have been particularly difficult for many of our class leaders. The talents of some local art teachers are now honored in a very visible way.
“I think art is, on its own, very powerful in people’s lives,” said Shayna Snider, art teacher at Hume-Fogg Academic High School. “It gives them a sense of joy and pride.”
One of the things Snider loves about her classroom is her students’ art on the wall. She likes the variety, the different styles, the things they have to say.
“They never cease to amaze me,” smiles Snider.
Snider is there to help that love of art, to be a voice of encouragement.
“I want to make art and I want to share with others what it feels like,” she said.
For such a hands-on, interaction-focused class, it was difficult for Snider when two years ago classrooms fell silent due to COVID. With no one coming to school, Snider had to find ways to teach art virtually.
Knowing the new challenges teachers were facing at that time, one place decided to say “thank you”.
The Frist Art Museum opened an exhibit showing the work of 33 art teachers in Davidson County.
“The intention is to honor and celebrate our teachers, and all that they do and all that they have had to face over the past two years in the pandemic,” said Shaun Giles of the Frist Art Museum.
As part of the exhibit is Snider’s piece, a photograph of clouds. The image helps give him insight into life in the uncertain times of COVID.
“The sky is still there,” Snider said. “It would change every day and just shows that acceptance of change. I feel really lucky and thankful and thankful that the first dedicated space and time to teachers. It was a really big deal.”
Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond The Classroom will be at the Frist Art Museum until August 28. The exhibition runs concurrently with an exhibition of the work of Alma W. Thomas.