An annual art show for the Lansing public schools had to be canceled last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


But the cancellation was only a temporary postponement. People can now view the artwork online.


“Although the number of pieces was significantly less than what would have been featured in the traditional art show, we were thrilled to be able to still feature artwork from across all grades,” Sharon Burns said in an email.


Burns is the director of the Lansing Educational Foundation. The foundation organizes the Lansing District Art Showcase each year.


This is the sixth year for the art show.


This year’s event originally had been scheduled for April 18 at Lansing High School.


But schools were ordered closed in March by Gov. Laura Kelly in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Students have received remote instruction to complete the school year.


Restrictions on mass gatherings also have prevented public events from taking place.


While the show could not take place in its normal setting, Burns said she sought the superintendent’s assistance in enabling art teachers to safely enter school buildings and photograph selected works of their students.


The photographs were used to put together a virtual version of the Lansing District Art Showcase.


The virtual art show includes videos featuring slides of student artwork as well as still photographs.


The art show can be found on the school district’s website, usd469.socs.net


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