The Arc Maryland, with its statewide partners, provides a school inclusion program called “Together We’re Better” (TWB). The objective of the program is to raise awareness of the value and importance of inclusion of students with disabilities. One component of the program is an Art Contest for elementary and middle school students.
Following the theme from National Inclusive Schools Week, “Unity Within Our Community,” students are invited to create and submit a personal work of art that explores one or more of the following concepts:
- 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?
2022-23 Submission Highlights
Highlights include elementary and middle school artwork contest and high school drawing contest winners.
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 middle 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.
Timeline for the Art Contest
- All submissions of Art are due by Thursday, January 12, 2023. Any entries received after the stated deadline shall not be considered for an award. Submissions can be submitted digitally via email(photo of the artwork or file) or physically mailed.
- The Art will be judged in late January 2023.
- The judges include members and staff from The Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, and The Arc Maryland.
- An awards celebration for honorees will take place on Tuesday, February 22, 2023, during DD Day at the Legislature. DD Day is a gathering of advocates with and without disabilities, Maryland Elected Officials, and the Governor’s Office
The Arc Maryland has compiled links and information to our “Diversity Celebration Toolkit,” which you can access here, to help teachers and/or parents in preparing lesson plans and activities for students to celebrate the diverse capacities and abilities of all students. For questions or additional information, contact Sharon Dols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,201,464 with 100% funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.