2019-2020 “TOGETHER WE’RE BETTER” Inclusive Education Campaign
Elementary and Middle School Artwork Contest
About Our Contest
The Arc Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities is pleased to announce its launch of the 2019-2020 “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Artwork Contest.
This year, National Inclusive Schools Week is December 2-6, 2019. The theme is “Charting the Course for Inclusive Schools.”
Just like the mariners of old, we know we must chart our course for increasingly successful inclusive schools and societies. The 2019 theme provides educators, students, parents, schools, and communities with the opportunity to think about our current philosophies and practices regarding inclusion and to plan for “next steps” in the process. Many of us have seen positive changes in awareness of inclusion as a requirement for achieving greater access, equitable opportunities, and more authentic relationships. Most of us recognize that we have many more steps to take to reach our goal of fully inclusive school cultures. Whether we are ambitiously charting our course for deep space, medical advancement, new worlds, or inclusive schools, we recognize that we have work to do, experiences to enjoy, and meaningful classroom relationships to build!
The purpose of the Artwork Contest is to raise awareness of the value and importance of diversity in our schools (including neurodiversity) and to acknowledge and celebrate all that our differences have to offer students of all abilities!
The timeline for the contest is as follows:
September – December
Beginning of school-led activities to embrace diversity and promote inclusion and acceptance of students with differing abilities. Use the toolkit throughout to enhance curriculum. Contact The Arc Maryland to make arrangements for a 20 to 40-minute assembly “my disability, my life”- positive message to promote awareness and strengths. Continue Artwork development. Submissions of Artwork due by Monday, December 16th.
January – May
Judging of Artwork will take place on January 9, 2020 at the House of Delegates Building in Annapolis. Traveling exhibit of artwork in public areas including libraries, malls, office buildings, etc. A celebration of honorees and awards ceremony for winners at “DD Day at the Legislature” in Annapolis on February 12, 2020. DD Day is a gathering of advocates with and without disabilities, Maryland Elected Officials, and the Governor’s Office.
Who May Enter
Students in grades K – 5 in a public, parochial, or private elementary school in Maryland may submit a piece of artwork. Home-schooled children who reside in Maryland, grades K- 5 are also eligible. This includes students with and without disabilities.
Students in grades 6-8 in a public, parochial, or private elementary school in Maryland may submit a piece of artwork. Home-schooled children who reside in Maryland, grades 6- 8 are also eligible. This includes students with and without disabilities.
Students are invited to create and submit a personal work of art that explores one or more of the following themes:
- Why it is important to have friends of all abilities;
- What you have learned about yourself and others through this awareness campaign on how we are better together; or
- What steps do you need to take to reach a fully inclusive culture in your school.
The deadline for receiving entries is December 16th, 2019. Any entries received after the stated deadline shall not be considered for an award. Entries must be mailed or delivered to:
TWB Artwork Contest c/o The Arc Maryland, 8601 Robert Fulton Dr, Ste 140, Columbia, MD 21046
The sky is the limit on your creative participation. Examples of artwork may include artistic representations of how students are “better together.” Students may create collages, use mixed media, and create works that contain words, songs, poetry, and pictures. Artwork submissions may be 2-D or 3-D and also can be in pottery and clay representations of the theme, “Together We’re Better”. The format is up to each school/teacher guiding the artwork activity for students. This is an individual student artwork contest and not a class artwork contest.
A copy of the included entry form must be filled out and submitted with the artwork. Print all information clearly and fill out the form completely. Any submissions that include photographs of students must be accompanied by an authorization for release of the image with the form signed by the parent/legal guardian of each child pictured. Failure to provide authorization may disqualify entries.
Please note that all artwork submissions become the property of The Arc Maryland and will not be returned. Contest submissions may be used throughout the year in libraries, local businesses, and Disability Awareness campaigns, etc. in cooperation with Maryland schools and local Arc Chapters. Artwork may also be reproduced in newsletters, websites, social media, and other forms.
First Place, Second Place, and Third Place prizes will be awarded in both the Elementary and Middle School Divisions. The judging committee will consist of members of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, The Arc Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education. Judging will be by the committee and will be carried out in a fair and professional manner. The artwork will be judged in the following areas:
- Embracement of the Theme, “Together We’re Better: Charting the Course for Inclusive Schools”
- Creativity and Originality
- Use of Materials/Supplies
The judging panel decisions are final. Schools with winning entries will be contacted by email or phone. Winning students, a parent or legal guardian, and teachers will be invited to be recognized during Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature, on February 12, 2020.
|First Prize||Student – $75 gift card||School prize: $400 award|
|Second Prize||Student – $50 gift card||School prize: $200 award|
|Third Prize||Student – $25 gift card||School prize: $100 award|
Resources for teaching children about inclusion can be found in our “Diversity Celebration Toolkit.” Any questions or for additional information, please contact Sharon Dols at The Arc Maryland, at (410) 571-9320 or via email at email@example.com.