Students at Bancroft, Shawsheen and Andover High School will have the opportunity to work with author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka as part of the Andover school department’s Visiting Artist Program.

The program has been made possible thanks to the private Andover Coalition for Education, which is paying for the first two years of the initiative.

“Krosoczka is an ideal choice for the Visiting Artist Program because his career path exemplifies ideas that will inspire our students to recognize the importance of creativity and how it relates to their experiences,” said Meghan Michaud, a member of the Andover High fine arts faculty.

The Visiting Artist Program is designed to bring professional artists into schools throughout the district to share their creative process and allow students to immerse themselves in a concentrated arts experience, according to ACE. …

To have a deeper impact at the higher grades, ACE is also providing the initial funding for a new Mac computer lab for graphic arts at AHS. …“The new lab at AHS will allow our students to learn with the same tools and programs that they will find if they pursue design related subjects in college or career,” Michaud said in a release.

To create visibility for the Andover fine arts program, and to showcase the work of Andover students, ACE has also paid for art display systems in the Central Offices and at AHS.

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