Dayton STEM School and Visual Arts Center to display previously removed artwork

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Regional STEM School and the Dayton Visual Arts Center have announced they will display the the student artwork that was removed from the Dayton Convention Center due to its controversial nature.

It’ll be part of a group exhibition designed to get the community talking about art, and how it can inspire positive social discourse and change.

It’s set to open in 2017 and feature work by local college artists as well.

Dayton Regional STEM School ninth graders were studying the experiences of African Americans throughout U.S. history, including recent events regarding police relations with the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.READ MORE: Dayton commissioner apologizes to STEM students

Students created silhouettes to depict modern day issues involving black communities, drawing comparisons to historical events.

“The students chose images from both time periods and created silhouettes merging the two images. Each student was then charged with creating an artists’ statement in which they explain the two events and the thread that connects them,” said Arch Grieve via e-mail, Dayton Regional STEM School community outreach director.

The artwork went on display in February at the Dayton Convention Center. After two days the city took them down.

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