KAB Youth Posters at Thea Foundation

Thea Foundation to host gallery showing of environmental artwork from Arkansas students

NORTH LITTLE ROCK (March 8, 2016) – Thea Foundation in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District will host a gallery showing of the winning artwork from the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission’s (KAB) annual Great American Cleanup™ Youth Poster Contest. The show will run March 14-18.

“Thea Foundation has been an important partner in our youth poster contest for the past several years,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We are grateful to Thea for showing this artwork, for giving these students a place to display their creativity, and for helping educate all Arkansans about the importance of a clean and green state.”

Every year, KAB coordinates this poster contest in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas to involve elementary-age students, to increase awareness of the cleanup initiative in Arkansas, and to educate the public about the importance of a clean and green community to economic development, civic pride and environmental quality of life. Thea Foundation has displayed the winning artwork in its gallery for the past three years.

The winning artwork was chosen from more than 400 entries from 47 schools and organizations statewide and awarded in two divisions, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. In addition to the gallery showing at Thea, the winning artists will be recognized locally by representatives from KAB during the months of March and April, and their artwork will be posted to KAB’s Facebook page.

The Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season.

About Thea Foundation
Thea Foundation’s mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of Arkansas’s youth. To date, Thea Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors, distributed more than $1.5 million in art supplies to underfunded schools, and implemented many programs that provide creative experiences for Arkansas’s youth. For more information, visit TheaFoundation.org.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional program staff and a nine-member, governor-appointed advisory board, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., it works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB’s operations and programs are funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. By mobilizing volunteers, KAB returns to the state a benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is America’s premier community environmental improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit’s network of affiliates around the U.S. are focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Keep America Beautiful is recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting community environments. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Today, it continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing its guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit kab.org.

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