Beloit youngster’s art shown in D.C.

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Todd Elementary School third grader Brody Hagestad had his artwork selected to be shown in Washington DC. His drawing depicted his dream of becoming a construction worker.

Todd third grader Brody Hagestadís artwork will be on display in Washington, D.C.

His art teacher, Janelle Caputo-Logterman, entered his work last year in a VSAís International Art Program for Children with Disabilities. Brodyís artwork was then selected to be displayed at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., this November. Brody will be representing Wisconsin in the exhibit, and his drawing will become part of their permanent collection.

To see an image of Brodyís artwork, people can visit www.artsonia.com/museum/collections/yosoy/winners.asp.

In the contest, children were encouraged to create a self-portrait that illustrated who they are and who they will be. Brody drew himself as a construction worker, saying it was his dream to become one.

Caputo-Logterman said Brody draws all the time and is very enthusiastic about art. While other entries were beautiful portraits, she said Brodyís really showed his hopes.

Brody is the son of Paul and Amy Hagestad of Beloit.

The website, www.artsonia.com, is an online free art portfolio. Many schools in the district upload childrenís artwork to the site where it can be viewed, commented on or even purchased.

VSA, an international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA provides arts and education opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, according to www.artsonia.com.

For more than 35 years, educational programming has been at the central core of the Kennedy Centerís mission. The Kennedy Center, along with its affiliates/partners such as the National Symphony Orchestra, VSA and the Washington National Opera, offers inclusive educational performances and programs in the arts to people of all ages.

Above is an image of Brody Hagestad's award winning artwork.

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