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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Environmental Art Contest For Public Schools

Annapolis (January 16, 2008) – County Executive John R. Leopold is challenging all Anne Arundel County students to increase their environmental awareness and to consider how they can make a difference in the environment through the creation of a county-wide art contest for grades K-12.

“We must instill a culture of environmental awareness in our children today. As adults, they will confront the legacy this generation leaves behind,” County Executive John R. Leopold stated. “There is no better way to stimulate creativity and build awareness on this critical issue than through artistic expression,” he added.

The County Executive designed the contest to engage students in two of his passions: art and the environment. The theme of the contest, officially kicking off at the end of January, is “How Can I Make a Difference?” Students are asked to consider several environmental issues that are not only specific to Anne Arundel County’s unique geography, but also those that plague our world today. Art entries may include drawings, photos, and 3-Dimensional works, along with an artist statement to elaborate on the inspiration for the piece.

The contest will run in conjunction with the annual Chesapeake Connections program, with winners selected from each grade. County Executive John R. Leopold will host a reception at the Arundel Center in May for the first place winners, to be announced in April, and their parents. At the reception, winners will receive an environmental prize package that includes gifts from the Office of the County Executive and Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place.

The winners’ art will be displayed in the Arundel Center throughout the month of May before moving to the Annapolis Barnes & Noble in June. Some artwork may be used in county literature and the first, second, and third place winners will be posted on the Recreation and Parks website. 


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