Call for Entries: Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest open to grades K – 5

Art project teaches children significance of community improvement

As communities around the state begin planning their 2013 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.

KAB, the Keep America Beautiful certified state affiliate in Arkansas, organizes and promotes statewide the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This annual spring cleanup event is when communities focus on local beautification efforts, flower- and tree-plantings, park improvements, trail-building, Main Street rehabilitations, litter pickups, and other activities in advance of the tourism/vacation and festival seasons.

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. Connections to the Curriculum Frameworks are provided to help classroom educators see where this will fit into lesson plans.

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. 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 at the Thea Foundation art gallery in downtown North Little Rock the week of May 13. Posters will also be posted to and KAB’s 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 Friday, March 1, 2013, 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, contact Elizabeth Philpott at 501-682-3507, 888-742-8701 (toll-free) or

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