Safford City-Graham County Library hosts local students’ art

Contributed Photo: Student art is on display at the library.

The student art show is the final activity related to the NEA Big Read – Graham County Program

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SAFFORD – The Safford City-Graham County Library will host art from local middle school and high school students through Jan. 13.  Art from Solomon Elementary School 7th grade, Mount Turnbull Academy, Bonita Schools 7th grade, and Safford High School are included in this exhibit.

Students participating in the NEA Big Read – Graham County program were asked to create a visual representation of their dream house, reflecting their own identity and dreams. Forty-three entries were received, reflecting a wide variety of artistic styles. Winners were awarded at both the middle school and high school levels.

Middle school:

#1 Mikaela McClaine, Bonita Elementary

#2 Aileen Olivarria, Bonita Elementary

#3 Dayami Cordova, Bonita Elementary

High School: 

#1 Deauriauna Natsyn, Mt Turnbull Academy

#2 Anaiya Hanchett, Safford High School

#3 Zoey Tutor, Safford High School

Contributed Photo: Student art at the library.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Graham County is one of 61 communities nationwide participating in the 2021-2022 NEA Big Read. From September – December 2021 our community celebrated The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros with a full calendar of events.  

The NEA Big Read – Graham County is presented in partnership with the Friends of the Safford Library, the Gila Valley Arts Council, the Order of the Eastern Star, Arcadia Chapter #9, the Graham County Schools Superintendent’s Office, and The Graham County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

For more information on this event, please contact the library. You can also view a full calendar of library events at