America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA

Each One a Work of Art

Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. These artists give their time and talents to design and create ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands. The America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree, is free and open to visitors throughout the month.

Learn about some of the 2016 artists and ornaments in the gallery below:

Alabama

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Alexandra Breanna Toney The Alabama ornaments were designed and selected from various attractions and historic landmarks throughout the great state of Alabama. The featured ornaments are an interesting display of what Alabama has to offer in regards to iconic sites. The artist, Alexandra Breanna Toney, attends Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama. She is working toward a high school diploma with emphasis in the study of visual arts. Alexandra’s art has been featured at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. She also is a member of the National Art Honor’s Society. She is the daughter of Sydney and Zandra Toney.

Arkansas

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Elizabeth Weber and Hamid Ebrahimifar, Artists-In-Residence at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Artists, Elizabeth Weber and Hamid Ebrahimifar, worked with patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to create the ornaments. The Artist-in-Residency Program, made possible through grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and individual donors, brings art participation to the patient’s bedside, allowing the patient an outlet for expression and creativity. While expanding the patient and family’s view of their hospitalization, the artists’ physical presence allows the family member or care giver to become involved in the process. Art is another way for patients to express themselves and gain some control over their environment, decreasing their fear and anxiety of being hospitalized.

Delaware

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Girl Scout Troop 1288 of the Chesapeake Bay Council – Lauren, Ann Stewart, Gabriella, Kendall, Ruby, Sophie, Maddy, Avery, Abbie, Amelia, and Kendall Girl Scout Troop 1288 is from Middletown, Delaware. We have 11 girls in our troop; 7 Junior Scouts and 4 Brownie Scouts. Our troop enjoys crafts, adventures, camping, creating lifelong friendships, and most importantly embracing the Girl Scout mantra that “Girls can do ANYTHING!” We created ladybug ornaments to represent the Delaware state insect and as a sign of friendship. We used this project to learn more about our state and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of National Parks. Our troop considers it an honor to be a part of this historical program.

Guam

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Saint Anthony Catholic School The ornaments we submitted are the artworks of Saint Anthony Catholic School art students and the inspiration was to showcase tribal and island designs. The students incorporated in their designs are details of our island Guam and our school. They did this while showing their personality in each of their work.

Indiana

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ARTS DEPOT home of the Art Association of Randolph Co. Inc. ornaments were made at a parent/child workshop. Parent/child ornament workshop led by Carol Sexton & Vicki Vardaman. Ceramic ornaments were made, fired & hand painted. Raggedy Ann was written by a Hoosier for his sick child. Other ornaments were from Indiana pinecone & milkweed pods

Louisiana

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Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf – Troop 220 We are Girl Scout Troop 220 from Lafayette, Louisiana. We are a Brownie\Daisy troop made up of 13 girls. Our troop is made up of both Louisiana natives and girls new to the Cajun culture. All of us enjoyed sharing what makes us happy celebrating Christmas: time with friends and family as well as the Cajun flair that makes this area of the United States so special. We are honored to be able to show that to the visitors from around the world who will be planning a trip to Washington, D.C.

Michigan

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Artists Creating Together These ornaments were created by eight student artists who are participating in Artists Creating Together’s Apprenticeship program. Through this program, these young adults with disabilities, ages, 18-26, are learning to become working artists by creating, showing and selling their own artwork in the Grand Rapids community. Artists Creating Together is a non-profit art organization serving West Michigan that empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts.

Montana

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Artist, Carolyn Baker, and Every Student of Southwest Montana’s Historic 2-Room Alder Elementary School Mixed media artist, Carolyn Baker, facilitated a group conversation with the entire student population of this K-6, 2-room schoolhouse on the topic of rural Montana living and created a painting that serves as the core design element in each ornament. Each of the school’s 23 students then created a piece of artwork to compliment and accompany her imagery, and to help tell their shared story to the nation. The children at the Alder School were delighted to collaborate with an artist on this project and even more thrilled to be sending their messages of hope and artistic inspiration to Washington.

New Jersey

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The Arc Mercer Visual Arts Program The Arc Mercer is a grassroots, family focused organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to achieve their goals. The Arc Mercer Visual Arts Program, known also as the “Arctists Collective” was founded in 2011 by the Arc Mercer as another avenue for providing individuals with developmental disabilities exposure to the arts as well as a variety of social, recreational and vocational opportunities within the community. The studio environment focuses on art creation while also building the independent living skills of observation, concentration, decision making, cooperation, and exploration.

North Dakota

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Valley City High School Advance Art Students The ornaments for North Dakota were designed by twelve Valley City High School advanced art students under the direction of art instructor Kelly Callahan. An outline of the state of North Dakota represents the window looking into a snowball globe. Students painted a picture inside the window depicting our cold wintry state during the holiday season. A variety of mediums were used, including acrylic paint, glue, and glitter. DJ Elstrom’s ornament represents the white buffalo from Jamestown, North Dakota. Each year, DJ passes by the historical site on the way to her grandmother’s house for Christmas.

Oregon

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Theo Miller, Diversion Counselor, Union County Youth Creative Arts The Union County Youth Creative Arts program is a weekly group for at-risk teenagers. Art Center East provides a safe creative space as well as art supplies for the youth. We had ten participants working on this project, ages 15-18. Some participants are attending the classes to fulfill various requirements of probation and/or informal supervision. Many come by word-of-mouth. This work is vital, because what we anecdotally see in our caseloads, at the Union County Juvenile Department, is around ninety percent of at-risk youth have no participation in extracurricular activities.

South Carolina

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Second Graders – Rocky Creek Elementary School – Lexington, S.C. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our second grade classes and their Art teachers, created the ornaments depicting South Carolina National Parks and Symbols using colored pencils and crayons.

Utah

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Artist/teacher Rebecca Link Wilhelm and her Studio Art students of Canyon View Junior High in Orem, Utah

Washington

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Gallery One Visual Arts Center Our students were delighted to be a part of 2016 America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA display. G1 After School Programs include 1st grade thru Teens with Special Needs. List of Artists: Charlotte Elperin, Diana Alvarado, Porter Beckman, Katie Duong, Lance Davis, Gracie McIntosh, Angelina Ciraulo, Himiko Amos, Tia Gibson, Gwyn Scoville, Tanya Alvarado, Sascha Johnson Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to teach our students about the National Parks. Teachers : Becky Parmenter, Tabitha Klucking, Justin Gibbens

Alaska

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Art Student Association, University of Alaska Anchorage The Art Student Association at the University of Alaska Anchorage is a club that is inclusive to all students that are interested in the visual arts. The ASA fosters a sense of community where a student can cultivate ideas, engage in critiques, and share information with colleagues. Additionally, the ASA strives to provide opportunities and workshops for students such as Saturday night life-drawing sessions and community outreach projects. Ultimately, the club empowers young artists to let their voices be heard and their visions seen.

California

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Latino Center of Art and Culture Under the dedicated leadership of Executive Director Maria Acosta, the Latino Center of Art and Culture represents a multi-disciplinary cultural space, highlighting Latino, Chicano, and Native populations. The center serves the Sacramento community as a gathering place for art education workshops, year-round exhibition programs, and cultural activities. LACA strives to preserve artistic-expression by teaching community empowerment through the arts, to multi-generations. The ornaments emphasize the myriad of cultural influences from California’s rich legacy of Mexican traditional art, that is present within Sacramento, and throughout the Golden State.

District of Columbia

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The Seaton Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Student Designer Group A group of fifth grade students, guided by Artist/Art Educator,Terry Thomas, from Seaton Elementary designed and created these cherry blossom ornaments. The theme “A Community of Blossoms” guided this fifth grade design group in the imagination, design and creation of these ornaments that vividly capture the shear beauty and variety of cherry blossoms adorning Washington, DC’s National Mall and the city of Washington, DC. The diversity of pinks represent a glorious spectrum of blossoms, signaling the arrival of spring in the fair city of DC. This “Community of Blossoms” offer love, peace and goodwill to all.

Hawaii

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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki on the Island of Oahu Ornament artists include all Jefferson Elementary School students, the music teacher, a kindergarten volunteer, and a special education assistant teacher.

Iowa

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Becca Kacanda – Artist – Dubuque, Iowa Iowa’s ornaments were created by artist Becca Kacanda to honor the prevalence of folk art grottoes in Iowa and the midwest. Grotto-making is a tradition of German Catholic origin that was brought to the midwest by Father Paul Dobberstein on a grand scale with his Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa. It is “considered to be the world’s most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells and petrifications in one place” and it was made to honor the Virgin Mary. His grotto inspired the Dickeyville grotto located just a few miles over the Iowa border in Wisconsin. Other notable grottoes include Madeline Buol’s grotto sculptures made in Dubuque, and Catherine Bastian’s “ham can shrines”. Imagery from all of these grottoes were used in her collages along with additional colorful embellishments and found objects in each of ornaments.

Maine

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Maine Education Association-Retired Maine Education Association-Retired is made up of 5000 retired educators. Our members are teachers, professors, Educational Technicians, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers , secretaries and administrators. There are affiliates in all 16 Maine counties and Higher Education. We annually volunteer 1000’s of hours in community service ,Day of Caring and school projects. We work to make sure that every student has a great public school Pre-K though Higher Education. We provide students scholarships across the State of Maine. We work to protect pensions and health care for our Retired members. Our oldest member is 101 !

Minnesota

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KNOCK and Juxtaposition Arts Minnesota’s ornaments are a collection of cultural corridors that comprise our great state. Crafted at the hands of Juxtaposition Arts, a youth-oriented nonprofit visual arts center in Minneapolis, with the help of KNOCK inc. designers; each ornament is an artistic expression of perspective in the diverse communities that call our corner of the north “home”. With color and imagery, East African, Latinx, Indigenous, and Black culture echoes within each unity triangle.

Nebraska

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Jason Piccoli – Artist in Residence at LUX Center for the Arts I am a current artist in residence at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE. I received my MFA in Ceramics From Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and my BFA in Ceramics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I am drawn to clay because of its potential to invite any medium into it. With my own forms I use underglaze to paint, resists to etch, and a variety of tools to carve and sculpt. I am interested in exploring the relationships between sculpture, the painted image and function as they exist in the fine arts.

New Mexico

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Art teacher Roni Rohr and her fourth-grade student artists from El Dorado Community School, through the ArtWorks Program of Partners in Education. Fourth-grade students in the ArtWorks Program, with art teacher Roni Rohr, designed and crafted tin ornaments depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas, New Mexico Style (inspired by artist Laurie Archer): On the twelve days of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve chile ristras; Eleven lowriders cruising; Ten prickly cacti; Nine hot air balloons rising; Eight northern pueblos; Seven sunsets glowing; Six lizards leaping; Five turquoise rings; Four coyotes howling; Three raucous ravens; Two pinon jays; And a roadrunner in a pine tree. ArtWorks is a program of the Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools.

North Mariana Islands

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Northern Mariana Islands

Pennsylvania

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Pocono Mountain School District National Art Honor Society Art educators Kristen Miele-Beatty, Lisa Collier and Garrett James collaborated with their students using a myriad of art materials and techniques from needle felting to glittered typography to depict Pennsylvania. Student artists include Jesus Avila, Amanda Cuello, Amelia Cuello, Amanda D’Orsi, Amanda Halker, Angelina Kimmins, Analise Magarelli, Olivia Melendez, Kate Martin, Valerie Munoz, Steve Olivo, Lisa Roman, Paisley Siglin, Camryn Sostarich, and Erin Wright. From the bustling city to the snowy mountains, all aspects of Pennsylvania were represented. It was an honor for the teachers and students to create the ornaments.

South Dakota

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USD Student Art Alliance The University of South Dakota’s Student Art Alliance designed this ornament utilizing a ceramic South Dakota and collaged imagery. Current President Epiphany Knedler created the design with Sophia Wermers and Marci Smith. Their inspiration was the two sides of South Dakota, East River and West River. The front of the ornament represents West River’s landmarks including Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. The back’s imagery includes East River’s Plains. The geography of the state continues to be an inspiration.

Vermont

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River Gallery School of Art The globes are created by the students of River Gallery School of Art, a non profit arts organization that provides classes, studio space, and a working environment that encourages individual expression, where the visual arts and the creative environment are explored and honored. The art for the globes were inspired by the beauty of the Vermont landscapes of the four seasons. The school is a vibrant hub for Brattleboro, Vermont’s artistic community where the faculty are all professional working artists, and teach a wide range of visual media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and encaustics.

West Virginia

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Marissa Gain I was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2015, I continued a freelance career in the state. This is my second year working as the state artist for the National Christmas Tree Lighting.

American Samoa

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SOFIAS (Society Of Fa’afafine In American Samoa) We are a non-profit organization that focuses on improving life through the balance of our Samoan identity and Western influences, dedicated to building relationships grounded in the Samoan values, promoting a positive attitude towards fa’afafine (LGBTIQ) community, empowerment of people, protection of the environment, philanthropic work, and respect for cultural diversity in our community. Created by our members, all ornaments portray the American Samoa National Park sites in one way or another. Most ornaments were made from natural materials found in the parks, such as tree bark, work, sand, seashells, leaves, and seeds.

Colorado

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DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) provides a community-based solution for youth success, welcoming over 900 children and youth annually into programs that combine art and technology, along with positive youth development. Located in Aurora, Colorado, DAVA’s model emphasizes project-based learning, combining creative thinking, information literacy, and problem solving. Whether mastering complex computer software or painting a mural on peace, youth are calling on personal creativity to imagine a life full of possibilities. “I love having a place for youth to learn and flourish. It’s not just about becoming artists, it’s about becoming leaders of our community.” Hiram Saucedo, age 17.

Florida

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Florida Ornament Group: Mollie Doctrow and South Florida State College Art Students – Ann-Louise Abbott, Missy Simpson, Leighton Skipper, Taylor Webb Inspired by the variety and beauty of Florida’s native wildflowers and the nature trail on the South Florida State College campus, (Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail), the group designed a series of ceramic tile ornaments, “Twelve Florida Natives”. Flowers represented in the series include Sky Blue Lupine, Spiderwort, Prickly Pear, Fetterbush, Pine Lily, Ashe’s Wild Savory, Scrub Mint, and Honeycomb-head. The artists sketched their designs from original photographs and carved them in clay. The tiles were kiln fired and glazed with extra coats to protect them from the elements.

Idaho

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Westside Elementary 4th Grade Students, Nicholette Johnson – Teacher The background of these ornaments were done on coffee filter paper using an analogous color scheme with watercolor and salt. Nicholette Johnson facilitated the ornament design and taught students to understand that by choosing colors next to each other on the color wheel they will match well and create serene designs. These color schemes are often found in nature because they are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. The students were delighted to add intricate silhouettes that they carefully cut from black construction paper. Students chose an animal or other image that represented Idaho’s wild, rugged, and rural landscape.

Kansas

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Lawrence Arts Center – Lawrence, Kansas The Lawrence Arts Center is a regional center for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. These programs are complemented by fully developed curricula in ballet and modern dance, theater performance, and visual arts. The Arts Center employs over 120 teaching artists whose courses observe national standards in visual and performing arts. Home to an Arts Based Preschool & Kindergarten, a model STEAM education program, career and college prep programs and professional development for teachers and artists, over 10,000 students take courses annually, houses 2 full time artists in residence and is visited by over 200,000 visitors each year. Ornaments were created by the students in the Arts Based Preschool and Kindergarten, STEAM students, and the current artists in residence.

Maryland

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5th grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary School with art teacher Eileen Cave and teaching artist Suzanne Herbert-Forton Ornaments created by students in 5th grade at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Hyattsville, MD with art teacher Eileen Cave and teaching artist Suzanne Herbert-Forton. The ornaments created by Ms. Bailey’s 5th grade class combine knowledge of wildlife indigenous to Maryland interpreted in the style of Gustav Klimt. Students began with researching Maryland wildlife, then embellished their work with patterns using metallic pencils, markers, and glitter glue.

Mississippi

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Elaine Maisel Mississippi’s ornaments were created by feather painter, Elaine Maisel. Each ornament contains a wing feather from a Mississippi Eastern Wild Turkey on which Elaine has painted one of twelve different birds that frequent her neighborhood, right next to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Wild turkeys, mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals, crows, robins, and woodpeckers hang out year-round, while bluebirds, cedar waxwings, goldfinches, and red winged blackbirds visit only at certain times of year when migrating. The name of each bird is inscribed on the back of its ornament. The quill of each feather is hand-stitched on backing board.

Nevada

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City of the World Art Gallery We are a non-profit artist co-op, event house and school located in the heart of the Arts District, Las Vegas, Nevada. Our mission is to educate, produce, promote and celebrate the arts, as well as act a service to the community in order to provide an enriching environment. At any given time the work of more than 30 artists are on display at City of the World.

New York

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Women’s Studio Workshop Women’s Studio Workshop envisions a society where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history. Artists from across the US and around the world come to WSW to work in our studios producing artists’ books. WSW is the largest publisher of hand printed artists’ books in America. Etching, letterpress, papermaking, book arts, silkscreen, 3D work, ceramics, and photography studios are housed in an historic building, in the foothills of New York’s Hudson Valley Shawangunk Mountains. We chose recycling as our theme for this year’s ornaments using scraps from recent projects found around the studio.

Ohio

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Ohio Designer Craftsmen Founded in 1964, Ohio Designer Craftsmen engages and enriches the community through quality exhibitions and education programs at their Ohio Craft Museum, and provides opportunities for artists through workshops and art/fine craft fairs. ODC asked 12 member artists to create ornaments for our state tree: Tom Baker, 3-D paper; Erinn Bessler, glass; Margaret Bickenheuser, wood/paper; Phyllis Walla Catania, oak splint; Megan Moriarty, felted wool; Frauke Palmer, fiber; Tracy Rieger, polymer clay; Carol Snyder, Psyanki eggs; Carole Stolte, fiber; Sunapple Studios, mixed media; Judith Vierow, painting; and an Ohio Craft Museum children’s class, gourd.; and an Ohio Craft Museum children’s class, gourd.

Puerto Rico

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The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico Baldwin School of Puerto Rico’s Art students are honored to represent P.R in the 2016 National Christmas Tree Display. Twenty-two students between 2nd and 12th grade dedicated 74 hours designing and constructing the 12 ornaments using recyclable materials. Each represents a symbol of our heritage, culture, or iconic landscape: the “coquí” (tiny frog), national flag, taíno indian petroglyphs, the Maga flower, Old San Juan traditional houses, a “vejigante” mask, Spanish fort sentry box (“garita”), the Three Kings, a rustic mountain cottage, a beach side cottage, an iconic Crash Boat beach fishing boat, “La Rogativa” bronze statue in Old San Juan.

Tennessee

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VSA Tennessee VSA Tennessee is a statewide organization that works with people with disabilities through the arts. We contracted professional artist Yvette Cowden to work with a group of children from the Tennessee School for the Blind to create the ornaments. The ornaments were created at Middle Tennessee State University with the assistance of students in the Organizational Communication program.

Virgin Islands

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Danica David and St. Croix Educational Complex High School Art Students Art educator Danica M. David and her St. Croix Educational Complex High School students live on the island of St. Croix, USVI. They chose to share snippets of the cultural traditions of the Virgin Islands through the stained glass art form. These traditions include the mocko jumbie dancer, quadrille dance, and steel pan music. A mocko jumbie is a stilt-walking dancer. Quadrille dance is the traditional dance of the Virgin Islands. The steel pan or steel drum creates elegant music from well-tuned steel containers. Today residents and visitors enjoy these traditions at festivals, school performances, and during carnival time.

Wisonsin

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Wisconsin School for the Deaf Art teacher- Susan Dupor 5th and 8th Grade Students The fifth and eighth graders began the ornament project by researching and discovering the rich history and unique facts about Wisconsin. They were inspired to mold and shape the representative figures and scenes out of colorful homemade salt dough clay and polymer clay. For example, one student created a snowy scene of Milwaukee with clay formed city buildings and Shrinky Dink drawings, while a pair of students made a detailed historical scenery of a lumberjack chopping timber. Our students took much pride in this memorable art project and we hope that you will be inspired by our Wisconsin themed ornaments.

Arizona

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Phoenix Art Group Phoenix Art Group, under the inspiration of founder John Cline, and the partnership of Joseph Grassia and Harriet Hilburn, is a collaborative art studio located in Phoenix, Arizona. For more than 45 years, PAG has employed a group of multi-talented artists. The company is headquartered in a facility housing artist studios for painting, print-making and sculpture, as well as framing and digital art divisions. Our artists are constantly creating extraordinary collections of original works of art in an array of styles and mediums. We work on various substrates from canvas and paper to three dimensional wood, metal and acrylic

Connecticut

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Students in Art and Art History from the University of Connecticut. Professor Alison Paul, Instructor. The ornaments were designed by Tessa Archambault, Ezra Blanchard, Paige Kibby, Renald Louissaint, Olivia Narciso, and Bruno Perosino, seniors in the Illustration/Animation and Graphic Design Concentrations, in the Department of Art and Art History at UConn. Under the guidance of Professor Alison Paul, the students researched figures and themes representing Connecticut and UConn that have had a lasting impact upon the nation’s art and culture. They were encouraged to explore both 2D and 3D solutions, while employing a variety of materials. The results feature a diverse set of ideas and images, reflecting both their State and the University.

Georgia

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Thomasville Center for the Arts together with Scott Elementary School Georgia’s ornaments were designed and created by visual art students from Thomasville Center for the Arts and Scott Elementary School. The students were inspired by several prominent State Parks and Historical Sites found throughout Georgia. After delving deep into the significance of each park or site, the students selected a symbol to represent each one’s rich history. Georgia Pine can be found across the state of Georgia. To represent the connection between all of the parks and sites, the symbols were painted with acrylic paint on small slices of Georgia Pine Tree branches.

Illinois

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Pleasant Plains Girl Scout Troop #6195 Our aspiration was to utilize natural elements found in the rich farmlands and scenic countryside of Illinois. From bountiful harvests, to breath taking prairie landscapes, our ornaments were made with love and creativity from the hearts of fourteen children who employed salvaged materials, native plants and seeds.

Kentucky

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The Living Arts & Science Center – Lexington, Kentucky The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) is a non-profit organization which, since 1968, has provided provides creative education and unique experiences for children and adults in the arts and sciences. Located in the inner-city of downtown Lexington, each year the LASC provides over 300 interactive classes for pre-school to adults, hands-on exhibits in the arts and sciences, field-trip programs for thousands of school children, a mobile planetarium and nine traveling programs that go into schools and libraries across the state, and numerous in-school and after-school programs that are provided at no cost for numerous Title I schools. Special community events such as an annual Day of the Dead Festival and Family Fun Day provide free arts and sciences opportunities for all ages. The LASC’s facility includes art and science galleries, a planetarium, a teaching kitchen, a digital media lab, a clay studio, 8 classrooms, a Children’s Art Gallery, and 1.5 acres of Urban Educational Green Space with native Kentucky plantings, rain gardens, butterfly gardens and a waterfall that utilizes captured rain water. ABOUT THE ORNAMENTS The LASC is celebrating Kentucky’s proud history of arts and crafts and has invited 12 renowned Kentucky craftspeople to share their work within the ornaments. Each ornament will include a small sampling of the craftsperson’s work, as well as some of the raw materials with which they work.

Massachusetts

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Studio Artists from the Brush Gallery & Studios The Brush Gallery & Studios are located in the Lowell National Historic Park and will be celebrating our 35th year in 2017. Our mission is to nurture the working artist; to keep the visual arts alive and healthy in Lowell’s Historic district; to use art to focus attention on important social and environmental issues; to demonstrate through exhibitions and cultural programming the diverse and rich heritage that exists in Lowell; and to make Lowell a destination for viewing some of the finest art being produced in New England and beyond.

Missouri

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Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky of Eureka & “Senior Ladies” Missouri’s blue ornament is reverse-glass painted with cotton & crystals embedded. A pine tree blanketed in snow reaches up the side to frosty ice crystals, highlighting “Missouri”/ “2016.” Silhouetted people, clasping hands, encircle the ornament, diverse yet connected in the season’s gentleness. The delicate surface supporting them represents our fragile planet, upheld by the hope: “Peace on Earth – Good Will to All.” Inspiring “Senior ladies” assisted in this project, representing diverse backgrounds, with birthdates spanning 6 decades. One of these wonderful women is 100, born the year that National Park Service was founded. They embody the season’s calm beauty.

New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Military Families These globes were created by New Hampshire Military Families in a workshop at the Currier Museum of Art. Led by instructor Holly Rousseau, the group was inspired by the native lilacs and birch trees of our scenic New Hampshire environment. Each student first created a painted collage background of birch trees against a colorful sky, and then created a three dimensional lilac sculpture for the foreground. The Currier has provided scholarships to NH Military Families for the past three years for both children and adults to take camps and classes at the Art Center.

North Carolina

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Pocosin Arts & Tyrrell County High School Eight selected students from Tyrrell County High School worked with four Resident Arts from Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, NC. The students spent time learning about new mediums and collaboration from the Resident Artists to create ornaments using ceramics, metals, and paper. Each Resident Artist created an ornament along side the high school students, using the same concept and mediums. Students were asked to think of their favorite topography, activity, form or message to transform into their ornament.

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute Participants Each October, hundreds of educators and artists from across Oklahoma journey to Quartz Mountain for all-inclusive, four-day workshops at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute. Taught by nationally renowned artists, workshops are offered for all skill levels and are held at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma. Workshop topics include painting, drawing, writing, photography, printmaking, music, and more.

Rhode Island

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Providence CityArts for Youth The mission of Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth Inc. is to provide free professional art-based education and training to Providence youth in a fully developed community-based arts center that reflects, encourages, and promotes the rich ethnic diversity of Providence, our capital city. CityArts’ mission is to ensure all of our capital city’s youth access to quality arts programs—unhindered by socio-economic barriers, and celebrating the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building, and social change.

Texas

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Southwest School of Art The Southwest School of Art is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education, currently offering studio programs for more than 4,000 adults, children and teens annually on its campus. Artists who participated in this project were Teaching Artists as well as BFA students.

Virginia

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McLean Project for the Arts/ Sparcsolutions specially adapted resource club The McLean Project for the Arts partnered with the Sparcsolutions group – a specially adapted resource club of adults 18 years or older with life-long disabilities. This group created a stunning set of ornaments based on a theme directly related to The President’s National Pollinator Initiative. These ornaments reflect on the importance of the pollinator garden and specifically on the essential relationship between the milkweed plant and the monarch butterfly. This Sparcsolutions group created beautiful collages inside each globe using images of milkweed plants and butterflies. This lovely array also honors the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

Wyoming

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Slade Elementary School Art Program- Paige Gustafson, Art Teacher Wyoming’s ornaments were created by 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Slade Elementary School in Laramie, Wyoming. Each student chose a Wyoming native animal to display shadow-box style in front of the landscape that is characteristic of our state. Notice the beautiful blue skies, fluffy clouds, purple mountains, and yellow plains. Artists: Jackie Skinner, Oscar Chi, Rita Wang, Andres Gasca, AJ Mora, Morgan Moore, Mason Aragon, Grace Sanford, Grace Gapter, Patrick Nguyen, Trinity Sandovol, and Amber Daugherty. Materials used: acrylic paint and leather.

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