Art Day has a short history on campus, but it has rapidly grown. This past fall, the event, which brings high school students from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to PSU to compete in an unusual art challenge, attracted more than 330 enthusiastic young artists.

“The response has been amazing,” said Rhona Shand, PSU Art Department chairperson. “When we started this, we had 40 or 50 students. The growth has been phenomenal.”

Shand said Art Day sends a strong message to students about the role and value of art in today’s society.

“It tells students that the arts are relevant to our communities,” Shand said. “It reminds them how the arts can help develop teamwork skills and critical thinking.”