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Youth Arts Focus at PMA

Art and experiences for and by youth at the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Photo by Laura Adai.

The Pensacola Museum of Art, in partnership with the PMA Guild and Escambia County Public Schools, presents the 69th Annual Youth Art Focus exhibition through February 26, showcasing artwork from across the Escambia County School District.


The exhibition serves as a celebration of the strong artistic achievements of K-12 students and their teachers.

Celebrate the arts at the Pensacola Museum of Art on February 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a free community event that gives kids the chance to sample the visual and performing arts through various activities.

Several local arts organizations will be on-site featuring short performances throughout the afternoon, including the Pensacola Opera, Children’s Chorus Ambassadors, Pensacola Little Theatre, and selected musicians from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Visitors can also enjoy our 69th annual Youth Art Focus exhibition on display throughout the 2nd floor of the museum, highlighting artwork by K-12 students and art educators from the Escambia County School District.

Featured Performances include:

  • Children’s opera, followed by “Opera Close Up’ with Pensacola Opera
  • Katie Diamond, Flute and Ryan Etheredge, Classical Guitar, from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • Leonid Yanovskiy, Violin and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, and Juan Meza, Violin (Dr. Yanovskiy’s student), from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • Talented singers will be highlighted from the Pensacola Little Theatre and the Children’s Chorus Ambassadors will also perform!

High school students are encouraged to attend a portfolio review on February 25. The review is designed to provide artists in Grades 9-12 with an opportunity to receive valuable feedback about their artwork, preparing them to apply to university/college art programs and learn more about potential career paths to explore in the visual arts.

UWF Art Department faculty will be on-site to conduct one-on-one reviews.

Interested students should bring their sketchbook and a portfolio of between 10-20 of your best pieces of artwork in physical and/or digital format for a one-on-one review with a UWF Art Department faculty member.

To register for the portfolio review, click here.