‘The Art of Being a Military Child’ Exhibit Opening April 6

Throughout April, Lynnhaven Mall will feature Virginia Beach City Public Schools student artwork as part of the Month of the Military Child.

The exhibit showcases artwork that was submitted as a contest depicting what it means to be a military dependent. More than 560 entries were submitted, and they cover topics such as deployments, transitions, patriotism, family, and school.

The exhibit opens in Lynnhaven Mall’s center court on Wednesday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. The reception will include entertainment by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band.

VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, senior leaders from each branch of military service and other dignitaries will be present to recognize contest participants and award winners in a ceremony from 6-7 p.m.

“With more than 18,200 military-connected students enrolled in our school division whose families support some of the most significant military installations in the world, the Month of the Military Child holds special meaning for us,” said VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence. “Who better to tell us their stories than the students themselves through artwork depicting their challenges, opportunities, transitions and pride? Visiting this exhibit to view our students’ work is just one way the public can honor and celebrate the service of the many military-connected families in our community.”

The school division hosts the contest and annual art show in partnership with Lynnhaven Mall and military school liaison officers at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Naval Air Station Oceana-Dam Neck.