The Polish Institute of Culture & Research in collaboration with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Art Department is looking for Fine Arts Student Ambassadors and Volunteers to participate in cultural and artistic events on campus.

The Polish Institute will organize a variety of cultural events throughout the school year and will need St. Mary’s students to support its mission. Please visit the Polish Institute of Culture and Research website: to learn more about the Institute.   

As student volunteers you will use your capable minds and hands to guide participants through educational experiences as well as social, cultural and artistic activities. Your services will also be needed to spread the word about activities held and organized by the Institute. Volunteers can participate in as many events as they would like throughout the year and receive community service hours.

The Institute is also looking for two St. Mary’s Fine Arts Student Ambassadors (One from the Girls Division and one from the Boys Division). As a Fine Arts Student Ambassador, you will use your leadership skills to organize students and serve as a liaison between the Institute, the Art Department and student volunteers. In order to be considered for this role, you will fill out an application and if elected, serve for at least one semester.

To become a volunteer please contact Mrs. Julia Saldaña at and/or participate in the first Fine Art Volunteer meeting Friday, September 23rd after school in the Art classroom (Dorms 100 – 1st Floor).  

If interested in applying for the Fine Arts Student Ambassador position, fill out an application and send it or turn in to Mrs. Saldaña at by Friday, September 23rd. You may also pick up an application in the Art classroom. 

Please answer each question honestly and to the best of your ability. 

Art on the Lake
Poster Contest

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Art Department in conjunction with the Polish Institute of Culture & Research is looking for an original poster to represent the 1st Annual Art on the Lake: Fine Art Show and Sale.

If you are a student at St. Mary’s with an inclination to create using two-dimensional media such as digital art, drawing, painting or photography you may submit a design by Friday, September 23rd at 3pm. You do not have to be enrolled on an art course to participate.

Design Requirements: 

1. Must be created or printed on an 8 ½” x 11” or 15” x 20” 2-Dimensional surface. Can be submitted in high resolution as a jpeg or pdf image but a hard copy must be available by September 19th. 

2. Must include the following information: 1st Annual Art on the Lake Fine Art Show & Sale. 

3. Must be ORIGINAL work. All art must derive from original photographs, ideas or from personal observations and should highlight the students’ own artistic style. 

4. Should include representation of one or more of the following: the Art on the Lake Festival activities (art show/sale, art outside, chalk art, face painting, music, food trucks, polish food), Orchard Lake, Orchard Lake Schools campus (any prominent building and or scenery), artists creating, fine arts symbols or any other thematic element that highlights the “1st Annual Art on the Lake” Festival. 

5. Must be turned in “Gallery Ready” without stains, tears or folds.

Artwork must be submitted by email at no later than Friday, September 23rd at 3pm & the hard copy must be turned in by Monday, September 26th in the Art Room (Dorms 100 – 1st Floor). 

Students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Orchard Lake Schools will be invited to vote for the winning design. The creator of the winning design will receive a basket of quality art supplies, a $50 Gift Card for Blick Art Materials and their design will be recognized throughout the Orchard Lake Schools community. 

Visit Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Art Department Instagram to receive updates and/or be part of this and any upcoming events hosted by the Art Department. To find more information about the Polish Institute of Culture & Research on their Facebook page.