The spotlight will shine on Ketchikan's young artists next weekend at the first-ever Youth Wearable Art Show, presented by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.
The show comes on the heels of the 36th Annual Wearable Art Show that was held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in early February. This year's theme, "Under Construction," will carry over to the youth-only show that is set for 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Ketchikan High School auditorium.
During a recent phone interview with the Daily News, KAAHC Program Director Katy Posey said there were multiple reasons for a youth-only show — "The first one being that the youth are amazing and deserve their own show."
"The second (reason) being when we started planning the wearable art show in 2021, vaccines (against COVID-19) weren't available for everyone," Posey continued. "And we didn't think that it would be safe to have the youth that are normally very excited about participating in wearable art in the 36th annual Wearable Art Show. So making an event at the Kayhi auditorium, we can control distance and people can wear masks and there's no food and there's no drinking. And it just was a lot safer of a prospect. So that was one of the things that spurred us."
But even before COVID, a show just for the youngest artists had been a goal of a KAAHC committee focused on wearable art.
"It has been a goal and it was like everything lined up to make it happen this year," Posey said. "So we're really excited and we hope that it just blossoms into the most extraordinary youth event in the world."
The guidelines for the youth show are the same for the community's show — items must be handmade and be able to be worn on the body. For the upcoming show, a youth artist can have their creations modeled by an adult, or an adult can have their creation modeled by a child.
"It is an opportunity for youth to express themselves regardless of who they're collaborating with," Posey noted.
Like the community-wide show, the theme is a suggestion. The theme will be "Under Construction," the same as February's show.
"We thought it was very suited because we are constructing the youth Wearable Art Show for the first time ever," Posey said.
As of the first week of March, 15 applications had been submitted for the show, including some group pieces and some individual artists.
And just maybe, the young artists and models will grow up and share their creations in future community-wide wearable art shows.
"So we really are excited to be training the youth of the future," Posey commented.