RochesterApril 10, 2013
Students invited to enter artwork in My Green School Art Contest
By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER — Children can put their creativity to the test by sharing what their school is doing to be green as part of the third annual My Green School Art Contest.
The statewide contest was developed by the Green Schools Advocacy Committee in 2011 to teach children in Michigan schools how a green school can positively impact their lives, their community and the environment. Last year, more than 450 Michigan students participated in the contest, and Connie Lilley, who organizes the contest each year, said she expects more students to participate this time around.
“The most encouraging thing is, every year, the kids that enter seem to be younger and younger, so it shows they are learning about green practices and sustainability at school and at home at a younger age,” she said.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter of the Green Schools Committee, the Detroit Institute of Arts and local sponsors are asking children in kindergarten through fifth grade to create a picture — on paper or card stock, up to 12-by-18 inches — that shows what makes their school green, or how it could be green.
“It allows kids to tell us their ideas about their school being green, or how it could be greener, through art. So it’s a fun project and educational at the same time,” Lilley said. “The first year, we saw a lot of recycling. Now, students are getting into other things, like water conservation, solar power and school gardens — so the types of entries we’re getting are expanding.”
Nearly any medium can be used — including paint, crayon, pencil, collage, photo, stencil and more — but organizers said children should avoid using glitter, and copyright and trademarked images. For judging purposes, those who enter are also asked not to include the student’s name or use the name of the school in the artwork.
The entries will be judged on concept, creativity and quality by artist Daniel Cascardo; Margaret Matta, chair of the U. S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter Green Schools Committee; and Byron Nemela, studio instructor for the department of learning and interpretation at the DIA.
Nemela, who will serve as a judge for the first time this year, said he is excited to participate.
“The DIA is proud to be a part of an event that combines the promotion of art and green schools,” he said in a statement.
The top 18 entries — three semifinalists from each grade — will be invited to a luncheon sponsored by Ecostore USA for final judging and prizes.
Finalists will be recognized and the winner announced at the MI Earth Day Fest Kickoff & Awards Ceremony, on the event’s main stage, at 7 p.m. April 26 in downtown Rochester. Finalists will also have their artwork displayed at the MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester April 26-28, the Michigan Energy Fair June 7-8 in Ludington and at the Ecostore USA headquarters in Auburn Hills.
“The kids, sometimes, end up educating the adults through this project, which is nice,” Lilley noted.
Students can enter on their own or through their school. Last year’s winners came from many different cities, including Detroit, Dearborn, Huntington Woods, Troy, Rochester, Hartland, Bloomfield Hills and Paw Paw.
Online entries — which may be submitted by emailing a photo of the artwork to MyGreen SchoolArt@usgbcdetroit.org — are due by 5 p.m. Earth Day, April 22. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 20 and sent to My Green School Art Contest-USGBC-DRC, 26913 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033. All artwork submissions must be accompanied by an application, which can be found at www.miEDF.org.
This year’s local sponsors are Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Energy Finance Analytics LLC, PM Environmental Inc., Ecostore USA and Ecology Center.
For more information, contact Connie Lilley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 336-9988.
- Last 24 Hours
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Local chefs share trade secrets for creating the perfect holiday cookie - Metro Detroit
- Mount Clemens man accused of sexually assaulting daughters - Mount Clemens
- Parks and Rec confirms ITC won’t work on trail until 2014 - West Bloomfield
- Two suspects on loose after robbing Comerica Bank - Clinton Township
- Special needs program receives $10,000 grant for iPads - Hazel Park
- Ferndale introduces 30-minute free parking zones around city - Ferndale
- Holiday Shopping Expo comes to town Dec. 14-15 - Farmington Hills
- Lieutenant promoted to Deputy Police Chief - St. Clair Shores
- Woman found dead in Warren home - Warren
- Former Birmingham mayor arrested again on meth charges - Birmingham
- Homeowner shoots at home invasion suspect - Harper Woods
- WWTHS graduate killed in Libya remembered - Warren
- Love surrounds local teacher fighting cancer - Warren
- Community rallies for Shelby boy with brain cancer - Shelby Township
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer - Shelby Township
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams - Walled Lake
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee - Macomb Township
- Attorney dies in Harper Avenue crash - St. Clair Shores
- CVHS students to stage production of ‘Hairspray’ - Clinton Township
- Missing woman found dead - West Bloomfield
- Looking Back: Selinsky-Green Farmhouse c. 1898 - St. Clair Shores
- Sterling woman hurt in shooting - Sterling Heights
- Christmas comes to the Shores - St. Clair Shores
- County board considers regional water authority proposal - Macomb County
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee
- Child prodigy becomes youngest artist exhibited at Park West Gallery
- All in the family
- Christmas Wonderfest brings holiday wonder to Novi