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Student art contest commemorates 50th anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King

DETROIT — Detroit students with great artistic skills are invited to show their skills and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by submitting artwork to the Detroit Recreation Department for “The Dream @ 50 Art Contest,” a national competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The contest is an opportunity for students to use art as a vehicle to explore the personal relevance of history.

The Recreation Department will judge submissions in three categories: elementary, middle and high school. The winner will compete as the department representative against students from nine other cities and have a chance at a grand prize of being honored in a special Capitol Hill Awards ceremony and exhibit in August 2013.

Other prizes include:

-$20 art kit for each school winner

-Between $250 and $500 in art supply gift cards for each of the 10 grand prize winners and their teachers

-Student art tour, Afro-futurism, for THE DREAM@50 art contestants, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

-Exhibit of the semifinalists at the Wayne County Airport and at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

-Subway, bus, and billboard PSAs featuring the winning artwork donated by DDOT and CBS Outdoor.

Artwork must be inspired by a word or phrase from the “Dream” speech, with the artwork titled accordingly. To be eligible, students must be 6-18 years of age, a Detroit resident and must be registered at a Detroit Recreation Center.

Submissions must be turned in to a Recreation Center and include name, address, telephone number, age, grade and recreation center.

Deadline date for submissions is Nov. 7, with the deadline for voting set for Nov. 12.

For more information, contact Donna Miller at 313.224.1155.

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