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 2018-2019 “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Artwork Contest.
This year, National Inclusive Schools Week is December 3-7, 2018. The theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends.” If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection. Education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community. Over the course of the week students can engage in activities to help them better understand what life might be like for a child with a disability, read and hear stories which positively feature individuals with disabilities, or conduct disability awareness activities. The bottom line is – no matter what the activity is, we know the importance of inclusive schools and how they seek to find solutions when students have intensive needs; use collaborative problem-solving in team work; welcome students who are diverse; and work with families to develop truly individualized services for each student. We think we can all agree that inclusion results in improved outcomes for ALL!
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:
October – December Beginning of school-led activities to embrace diversity and promote inclusion and acceptance of students with differing abilities. Use the toolkit to enhance curriculum and 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, and submissions of Artwork due by Friday, December 14th.
December- May Announcement of winning student artwork submissions/school winners by December 19, 2018. Traveling exhibit of artwork through area libraries, malls, office buildings, celebration of honorees and award ceremony at “DD Day at the Legislature” (February 13, 2019). DD Day is a gathering of advocates with and without disabilities, Maryland Elected Officials, and the Governor’s Office. The final exhibit of artwork will be at The Arc Maryland Convention in May, 2019.
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.
The “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Artwork Submission Themes
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 students learn from each other, and how they have appreciated each other’s differences; or
- Reflections: What students learned about themselves and others through this awareness campaign.
The deadline for receiving entries is December 14, 2018. Any entries received after the stated deadline shall not be considered. Entries must be mailed or delivered to:
“Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign Artwork Contest c/o The Arc Howard County,
11735 Homewood Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Please call The Arc Maryland to find out if artwork may be picked up. If we are planning to be in your area, we would be happy to accommodate your school by dropping by to get the artwork submissions!
Please note that artwork submissions may not be returned. All contest submissions will be used throughout the year in libraries, local businesses, and Disability Awareness campaigns etc. in cooperation with Maryland schools and local Arc Chapters. At the conclusion of the disability awareness campaign, the works of art will be provided to Chapters of The Arc in Maryland who are in the same jurisdiction as the student submitter. The artwork will become the property of The Arc unless special arrangements are made with The Arc Maryland prior to February 1st, 2018.
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. Note: 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 have accompanying 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.
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: Kaleidoscope of Friends”
- Use of materials
The judging panel decisions are final. Schools with winning entries will be contacted by phone. Winning students, family members and teachers will be invited to be recognized during Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature, February 13, 2019.
Entries received will be displayed at the Convention as well, and may be displayed and/or reproduced in newsletters, websites, social media and other forms.
|First Prize||Student: $50.00 gift card||School: $300.00 gift certificate|
|Second Prize||Student: $30.00 gift card||School: $150.00 gift certificate|
|Third Prize||Student: $20.00 gift card||School: $75.00 gift certificate|
Want to share information about the contest with others? You can download the Art Contest Flyer here!
The Arc Maryland has compiled links and information to our “Diversity Celebration Toolkit” to help teachers in preparing lesson plans and activities for students to celebrate the diverse capacities and abilities of all students. Students will be asked to complete a feedback form to comment on the value of this activity and overall impact of the campaign. The survey form is attached. Forms may be submitted scanned/electronically emailed to email@example.com or via mail to the attention of Luc Chausse at The Arc Maryland (c/o The Arc Howard County), 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City MD 21042.
For additional information about this contest, please contact Kathy Swanson, Director of Education and Advocacy, The Arc Maryland (410) 571-9320 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.