NEWS Honor ‘those who serve’ in statewide art contest



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Honor ‘those who serve’ in statewide art contest

<<WITH IMAGE: LEAGUE YOUTH ART>> CALLING KID ARTISTS: Young artists in grade K-12 can enter a summer art contest. Submitted photo

From health care workers, veterans and public professionals to teachers, coaches or parents, Arizona students in grades K-12 are invited to enter Sonoran Arts League’s first “Honoring Those Who Serve” art contest, with electronic art submissions due Sept. 20.

Top winners in each grade of the juried online competition, with judges from the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, will receive cash prizes or free workshops and have their art on community “art cards” that will be sold by the League to benefit its outreach programs, art education and “Art In Public Places.” Winners will be announced in November, and the artwork will be exhibited in the League’s Center for the Arts at Stagecoach Plaza during Hidden in the Hills Nov. 20-22 and 27-29. Up to 26 awards will be given.

“Your canvas is blank and waiting for you to free your imagination with an array of color and style,” says Youth Art Chair Robin Ray. “Create artwork expressing your thanks and appreciation to someone who has made a difference in your life and help honor those who serve in our communities and country.”

This can include a doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker; military veteran; firefighter, police officer or civil servant; educator or art teacher; sports coach or athletics mentor; or parent, grandparent or caregiver.

All Arizona public, private, charter and home-schooled students may enter one piece of original artwork in any medium. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged.

Photograph the artwork and save a high-resolution image. Register the entry and submit the photo online at by clicking on the Art Education tab and Art Contest. Do not send original artwork.

“The challenge is on to use creativity and imagination to put your thoughts into art,” adds League board member Sarah Byrne. “The League promotes creativity through art as an effective method for artists of all ages to express their dreams and ideas for a successful life and a better community.”

The Sonoran Arts League is committed to advancing art, artists and art education, with a special focus on mentoring youth; believing that arts training helps develop the abilities to focus, and strengthens cognitive skills in young people.  The League fosters artistic growth with scholarship awards for graduating seniors, incentive awards and art supplies, art experiences and field trips, art workshops, educational program, and youth art exhibits in “Art in Public Places.” For more information, visit or call 480-575-6624.