Call for Entries
LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 17, 2014) – As communities around the state begin planning their 2014 Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas events, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites students in grades K – 5 to submit art entries in its annual youth poster contest.
“Every year, Keep Arkansas Beautiful receives artwork from all over the state reflecting how Arkansas students perceive the cleanliness and beauty of their state and hometowns,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer services coordinator. “If they recognize the importance of a clean and green community at this age, imagine what an impact they’ll have on the future of our state.”
KAB coordinates the poster contest to involve students, to increase awareness of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, and to educate the public about the importance of a clean and beautiful community in promoting economic development, civic pride and environmental quality of life.
Teachers and youth leaders across the state are encouraged to involve all students in grades K – 5 in this educational art contest. Home-schooled students, 4-H clubs, scouts and other youth organizations are also invited to submit entries in the competition.
Posters entered in the contest should depict an Arkansas that is clean and green with flowers and trees planted, parks and public areas cleaned up, trails built, downtowns improved, and litter picked up. The artwork should be two-dimensional and can be in any medium (pen and ink, watercolor, crayon, marker, pencil, etc.). Entries must be submitted on standard 8½” x 11″ paper.
Prizes for the contest will be awarded in two divisions: Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 5. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation will recognize three winners in each division with Walmart gift cards. Teachers are asked to select one poster per class to be submitted for statewide judging. Winners will be recognized in their local communities by KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives. The winning art will be displayed May 12-30 at the Thea Foundation art gallery in downtown North Little Rock. Posters will also be posted to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Facebook page and may be used in other Great American Cleanup in Arkansas promotions. Posters sent in for judging will not be returned to students.
Posters must be received no later than Saturday, March 1, 2014, and should be mailed or delivered to Elizabeth Philpott, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, One Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201.
For more information about the contest, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, call 501-682-3507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas
Last year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas involved more than 25,000 Arkansans at 149 events volunteering nearly 32,000 hours.
Volunteers picked up 336,000 pounds of litter; improved 47 playgrounds; removed 4,700 tires; recycled 180,501 pounds of newspapers and 145,983 pounds of electronics; and collected 1,620 pounds of clothing for reuse. In addition to the many community improvement activities, volunteers picked up litter from 1,333 miles of roadway, trails and shoreline and 1,512 acres of parks and public areas, and closed 20 illegal dumping sites.
The volunteer-driven Great American Cleanup in Arkansas also provided the state and participating communities a substantial cost savings, as the value of donated materials and volunteer labor exceeded $850,000.
About the Great American Cleanup
The national kickoff for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is March 1. Great American Cleanup events are organized in communities around the country in March, April and May.
Nationally, this year’s Great American Cleanup is expected to involve an estimated 4 million people volunteering more than 5 million hours to clean, beautify and improve 16,500 communities during more than 30,000 events from coast to coast. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, call toll-free 888-742-8701 or visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.