JCMOMA asks 3-5 graders to paint ‘making a better world’ in art contest

Jefferson City area students’ grades were encouraged “To Be Free” with their original art submissions during the Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art’s inaugural youth art contest last spring. Its success has prompted the popular art institution to bring back their contest for third through fifth grade students, this year with a theme of “Making a Better World.”

Last year, the artwork was open to any medium for fifth through eighth grade students, with Levi Yoder, a seventh-grader at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy securing the first place prize for his multimedia original piece, “Ameri-CAN-flag” under the “To Be Free” theme.

This year, contest organizers offer a quote from Aboudia Abidjan, of the Ivory Coast, to give focus to the “Making a Better World” theme: “I want to try to transform the bad into good and sadness into happiness. The streets are my world and I wish to make the world better through my paintings.”

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As a result, Jefferson City area third through fifth grade students are asked to enter an original painting, which can use acrylic, watercolor or tempera paint. Submission will be accepted electronically now through Jan. 25.

Finalists artwork will be displayed at Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art for a special open house and will be considered for the top prizes. First place will earn $300, second $200 and third $100. Three honorable mention awards will also be given, earning $50 each.

Now through Jan. 25, Jefferson City area third through fifth grade students are encouraged to enter the contest, using acrylic, watercolor or tempera paints.

For more information or to register for the contest, call 573-635-1114 or visit JCMOMA.com.

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