The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Little Rock Field Office, Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center, and the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication
Call for Participation
Background: The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is coordinating efforts with community partners to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School and the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis through the “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk” project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service. This project seeks to use the arts to further discussions about equity and social justice issues.
Objective: In recognition of the 60th anniversary of America’s journey toward inclusion marked by the 1957 integration of Little Rock Central High School, the FBI, the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center, and the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication invite schools, teachers, and students to participate in an art contest.
What does an inclusive school look like to you?
Design and create an artwork (works on paper including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, digital media) that addresses the question, “What does an inclusive school look like to you?” Students and teachers are encouraged to think about inclusivity in its widest possible definition: race, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, gender, marital status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical ability, political affiliation, and intellectual perspective. How can design—whether of buildings, landscapes, furniture, fixtures, equipment or other products--best serve students from disparate intellectual, cultural, and economic backgrounds, as well as those with differing abilities, to access educational opportunities? Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme, “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future.”
This visual art contest is in alignment with Arkansas Visual Arts Curriculum Framework Strands Creating and Connecting.
Who’s Eligible? Arkansas students in grades 6 through 12
Deadline: All submissions must be received electronically by 5 pm (CST), May 1, 2017. ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
Prizes: First-, second-, and third-place winners in two divisions, 6-8 grades and 9-12 grades, will receive up to $150 in gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Materials. Forty honorable mentions will also be awarded for inclusion in an exhibition at the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center during the anniversary week in September 2017. The supervising teacher of each first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick Art Materials.
Judging: Winners will be selected by Brad Cushman, gallery director, UALR. Artworks will be judged based on artistic excellence, ability of the artwork to prompt discussion, and originality in reflection of our theme “Imagine the Inclusive School of the Future.”
Rules and Eligibility:
1. Entrants must attend an accredited public school in Arkansas.
2. Students should create a work of art no larger than 24" in either direction (vertical or horizontal in presentation) that answers the question, “What does an inclusive school look like to you?”
3. Artwork may only be submitted by the entrants’ teacher. There is no submission fee. Limit one entry per student.
4. Artwork may not contain any copyrighted, syndicated, or clipart images.
5. Supervising teachers should submit a high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, TIFF, PDF or EPS) of their students’ work to uca.edu/cfac/imagine from this site teachers can submit art electronically through the online form.
6. Each submission must contain the student’s name, mailing address, email address, grade level, and age. Submission information must also include the supervising teacher’s name, school, school address, telephone number, and email. Students are encouraged to write a brief (250 words or less) Artist’s Statement about the inspiration, imagery, and technical approach to their artwork. The written statement will not be viewed by the judge selecting the best in show awards or honorable mention winners but it may accompany the art when the project is shared online or in exhibition in order to better share the student artists’ understanding of what in inclusive school means to them.
7. By entering this contest, students acknowledge their permission to display their work on a website and, if selected as a winner, at an exhibition at the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center.
8. Teachers whose students’ work is selected for exhibition at the Central High Visitor Center are responsible for delivering the artwork to the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center, 2120 West Daisy Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202, during the week of September 11, 2017, 9 am-4:30 pm. Teachers are also responsible for collecting their students’ work during the week of October 1, 2017.
9. Neither the FBI nor the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitor Center can be held responsible for any artwork that is damaged or lost while in their possession. Artwork not collected during the week of October 1, 2017, becomes the property of the Visitor Center.
Supervising teachers will be notified by May 19, 2017. Winners will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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