AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A number of Belfast area students were honored Wednesday at the Capitol for their artwork.
"The Department of Education hosted the RSU 71 student artists and their art instructors and the school administrators for a celebration of arts in education," said Acting Commissioner of Education Pender Makin.
43 students had their artwork selected.
Those works have been hanging in the Department of Education offices since October.
8th grader Luna Carlson says she feels honored to be one the students chosen.
"It's super cool because I've never experienced anything like this, but now I get to be here and be a part of something really awesome to be a part of," said Carlson, who attends Troy Howard Middle School.
The Department of Education hopes that honoring students like this will get them even more involved in art.
"I certainly hope it is sending them a message that their creations are honored, and that arts in education is a critically important part of our holistic education plan for the state of Maine," said Makin.
According to students we talked to, it appears to be working.
"Since they picked me, I've been more interested in doing art, and I've been doing it at home, and I've been drawing a lot of animals, so it's kind of very awesome that I got picked," said Jocelyn Balleau, a 5th grader at Ames Elementary School.
"Not having art would be so detrimental to me and my school life," said Carlson. "I don't think I would be able to do great in other subjects because I wouldn't have the opportunity to do that."