In celebration of Black History Month, an Art and Poetry Competition for Anderson County students is accepting submissions through February 19, 2021.
All grade levels of the Oak Ridge school system are welcomed to participate in the Black History Art and Poetry Competition. The theme of the competition, “Honoring the Struggle, Celebrating the Triumphs and Inspiring the Future” is to inspire students to learn and to help commemorate the 65th anniversary of the “Oak Ridge 85” who were the first black students enrolled at Oak Ridge High School in order to end segregation.
The competition is open to all grade levels of Anderson County students, kindergarten to 12th grade. There will be winners in the following categories; K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.
Students can submit different works in two categories:
- Visual Arts; a two-dimensional artwork
- Poetry; an original poem submitted in writing.
Entry forms can be obtained from Oak Ridge in-school art teachers. All submissions must be accompanied by the entry form with a parent’s signature that can also be accessed online, click here. Art teachers at each school (or a designee), as well as online submissions, must be submitted by February 19, 2021.
Entries will be exhibited at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge in an awards ceremony on March 11, 2021. First, second, and third place winners in each grade category will be acknowledged.
Winning submissions will be shared on Instagram at @orsartandpoetrycontest and on the East Tennessee Enlightener online news at etenlightener.com.