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The Dream Art Contest: Visions of the Civil Rights Movement and America Today is for public schools and after-school art programs (K-12) throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. The deadline for submissions is November 18, and the awards ceremony will be in early February for Black History Month.

The aim of the contest is to foster an appreciation for the relevance of history and to demonstrate the vital importance of the arts in education and in daily life.

The contest is being executed in cooperation with the DeKalb County Public Schools Foundation, Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Woodruff Arts Center (Young Audiences), the Hammonds House Museum, the Atlanta History Center, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, which are providing support services to enhance the educational value of the contest and to help prepare the students for their submissions. All entries are to be a portrait of someone (famous or not) from the Civil Rights Movement, a defining image of the movement, or a contemporary depiction (of people, places, or things) that pertains to the legacy of the movement today.


Qualifying Round

Each participating school and after-school program will select a first-place winner and two runner-ups in the three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. The first-place winners and runner-ups receive certificates of excellence signed by their local school superintendent. The first-place winners are then submitted on-line by a designated administrator or teacher to the county-wide semi-final round. The deadline is November 18, 2011.

Semi-Final Round

Each county public school system and participating after-school organization will set up an adjudication committee to select their semi-finalists on-line from the winners in their school-system or programs. These semi-finalists will then be submitted to the finalist judges. The deadline for the on-line semi-finalist selections is December 9, 2011.

Final Round

Seven finalist judges will choose one grand-prize winner as well as a first-place winner and two runner-ups in each of the three school categories, for a total of ten winners. The winners will be announced on-line in early February 2012. The winners are to be honored at a VIP awards ceremony to be held at the King Center in February for Black History Month and in reception/discussions at museums, galleries, and public library branches throughout Atlanta. Winners also receive gift cards and will have their work prominently displayed throughout Atlanta, at the King Center, and on billboards and in the public transportation system, public schools, public libraries, public buildings, and galleries.







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