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W.Va. Announces Art Competitions For Local Students



Several contests have been announced that are open to public and private school children all across West Virginia: the First Lady Artist Series Halloween Coloring Contest, and the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs Project on Racism contest.

W.Va. First Lady Kathy Justice began the First Lady Student Art Series over Mother’s Day 2018, and was created to connect special holidays with a related student art-project. Each initiative is tailored to specific grade levels, allowing students of all ages the opportunity to participate. The program has been designed to promote the importance of art in West Virginia’s schools.

The Halloween Coloring Contest marks the seventh installment of the series. Every West Virginia public and private school students in kindergarten, first or second grade are eligible to participate. All students must use the same coloring page, which is available for download and printing by visiting The following information is required with each entry: student’s name, school name, school county, grade, student’s phone number and teacher’s name and email address. Pages must be submitted by Monday, October 26. They can be emailed to, or mailed to the Governor’s Mansion at 1716 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305.

The Project on Racism contest is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission and the Wheeling YMCA. The competition is open to any student from grades 1-12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in West Virginia. Students under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence or Test Assessing Secondary Completion program in the state are also eligible to enter.

Each entry must be related to this quote from D. King: “We have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Entries must contain the original work, as well as a completed contact form. Forms are available for download and printing by visiting minorityaffairs.wv,gov.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, is association with the Beta Beta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, are presenting the 37th annual Poster Competition. Public and Private school students in grades kindergarten through 12 are eligible to enter.

The artwork must focus on the following quote from Dr. King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The original art may be created with pencil, crayon, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, serigraph woodblock, photography, or mixed media. The artist must explain the style and the selected media on the entry form, which must be taped to the back of the artwork. Entries without this information will be disqualified. Submissions must be postmarked by November 16. Winning entries will be displayed in the Great Hall of the West Virginia State Culture Center.

And lastly, The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2021 “Living the Dream Awards.”

Members of the public are invited to nominate candidates for the awards. Completed nomination packets for individuals or organizations must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, before 5 p.m. The awards will be presented during the Martin Luther King Day celebration event on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

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