By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In an age where art programs in schools are threatened because of budget woes, an art show is celebrating the work of nearly 300 students from Montgomery and Bucks counties.

The public can see the art like paintings, photography and sculpture at an awards ceremony tomorrow.

It’s the 27th year the “Touch the Future” Arts show awards ceremony is taking place. It’s put on by The Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. The show gives the nearly 300 students from 27 public schools in Montgomery and Bucks counties a chance to exhibit their work. There are several categories including oil painting, photography and sculpture and $1,600 in awards is up for grabs.

Lynne Pribis is an art teacher at Upper Dublin High School and a co-chair of the event.

“This is really important and we can’t be making these cutbacks in those areas, plus the students themselves they feel so honored when they see their work up in the professional juried art gallery like this.”

The annual awards ceremony is on March 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons Gallery on the Arcadia University Campus in Glenside.

The exhibit will remain on display at Arcadia University through March 27th.

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