Miss Illinois 2019, Ariel Beverly is the founder of the #IncludeTheArts Postcard Project. This is a contest where K-12 art students are given the opportunity to win a $1,000 grant for their school’s art classroom – provided by the Association of Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS)! Each student is asked to create a masterpiece that embodies the contest theme directly on the provided downloadable page or provided postcards. Students may use any materials that they wish. After the contest is over, Ariel plans to personally deliver the cards to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in hopes of sparking a discussion about the importance of art education in schools as well as the positive impact it has on young people.
The theme for this round of the contest is: CULTURE.
I want to see how you define your own culture through visual art. Keep in mind – you do not need to focus solely on your cultural heritage. You can explore contemporary/pop cultures as well. Have fun with this! Teachers, this can easily be a part of a culture focused unit for any age group!
These will be judged on the level of time and effort, using the theme, and overall creativity.
HOW TO ENTER: Download the Printable 8.5 × 11 Version of Ariel’s #IncludeTheArts Postcard above. Distribute to your students, and let them do their thing. A discussion about the different types of cultures beforehand might be a good idea, too. Once completed, if they have social media, have them post a photo of their masterpiece and use the hashtag #IncludeTheArts! All entries must be received via mail by March 22nd, 2020 (The last day of Illinois Arts Education Week) by 5:00pm for a chance to win. Entries can be mailed to:
Miss Illinois Marketing Office
508 S. Park Ave
Herrin IL, 62948
ELIGIBILITY: We welcome postcards from anyone and everyone no matter their age or location. That being said our winner will be chosen from the entries of students who are currently enrolled in Illinois Schools grades K-12. The winning artist will be recognized and presented with $1,000 in Blick Art Materials for their school’s art classroom.
*Artwork must be created directly on the postcard template unless it is a 3D work of art – then you may use a photograph.