Two ongoing exhibitions in Berkeley give us the opportunity to see the artistic talent that is currently being honed in our schools.

The Berkeley Arts Center on Walnut Street is showing “Identity: Youth Arts Exhibition” in which K-8 students from the Berkeley Unified School District are presenting artwork based on the theme of identity. Berkeley teachers were selected to curate the student artwork and the exhibition runs through March 20.

Accompanying programs include a day-long family art workshop and music and drama performances.

Meanwhile, the Kala Institute on San Pablo is showing “Youth Arts Festival: Berkeley High School” through April 8. In partnership with the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High, Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program has been leading intensive curriculum-driven workshops at each grade level. The student artists/scholars are presenting work that  explores immigrant voices, HIV prevention, First Amendment rights in relation to artists, and ways of mapping our local communities.

The show is part of Art IS Education month featuring special arts programming across the state in March.

For information visit the Kala Institute website and the Berkeley Arts Center website.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...