It has been a few years since I have participated in the art exhibit at the State Capitol. It is to celebrate March as Youth Art Month. Each teacher in the Missouri Art Education Association is encouraged to select 4 works of art for the exhibit.
The artwork must be a certain size, and it must be matted with a white mat. It also must have a tag in the bottom right corner with all the required information, and a photo of the artwork. The artwork must be postmarked by February 1st, and must include permission slips from each student's parent signed and dated. The package must also have a return label and return postage included.
Needless to say, it is a lot of work to prepare the artwork by the deadline (especially if I am selecting students that have art in the SPRING semester). Next year, I should be smart and choose something from the fall to send, as most teachers probably did.
The exhibit is a great opportunity for the students. Some are even selected by their congressional leader to receive a medal, or by the governor to hang in the mansion. None of mine have ever won the awards, but everyone who participates gets their name called during the 'award' ceremony, and gets to go across the stage for a photo. Their artwork also gets to hang in the Capitol for a whole month.
Most of the time, students go with their parents to the award ceremony. This year, all 4 of my students were able to make the trip. It was a fun opportunity for them to have been selected, and to get to participate in the event. I'm so glad I took the time to be part of the show this year.
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