2011 Tapestry for Tomorrow Art Contest

Attention artists of all ages!  Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is now accepting applications for our 2011 Tapestry for Tomorrow art contest.  The theme for this year’s contest is “Art Uniting Communities for Compassion and Peace.”  If you are a member of any NCS program or are a Fairfax County Public School student, you are eligible to participate in this contest. If you are not a member, it is never too late to become one. Registration for the contest is free. Prizes valued up to $200 will be awarded to those who best capture the contest theme.  All entries must be submitted to an NCS facility the week of March 21 – 24.

Contest:  Self-exploration and appreciation for the arts is the goal of Tapestry for Tomorrow. Although the Tapestry for Tomorrow program recognizes those entries that best interpret the theme, winning is not the main emphasis. Participation in the program is a great way for individuals to explore and learn about various art forms. Creating art is a valuable learning process that challenges everyone to use their critical thinking skills and their creative talents to create art that supports a specific theme.

Eligibility:  This competition is for all ages—from 5 to 55 plus. Any person who is a resident of Fairfax County and is a registered participant at one of the NCS programs or a Fairfax County Public Schools student may enter. If you are not a member, it’s never too late to join. The following are the judging categories:

• Elementary School – Grades K-5 (ages 5-10)

• Middle School - Grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)

• High School - Grades 9-12 (ages 14-19)

• Adults/Seniors (ages 20-55+)

Art Areas:  Photography and Two Dimensional Art

Rules:  All participants must submit a completed competition application and artwork with the completed Entry Form Label attached to the back of the artwork. Artwork must be delivered to a location listed on the back of the application the week of March 21 – 24.

Awards:  Individuals entering artwork in the Tapestry for Tomorrow program will receive a certificate for participating. The artwork will be on display in the lower level of the Fairfax County Government Center for the month of April 2011. The entries chosen as the best representation of “Art Uniting Communities for Compassion and Peace” will receive a prize with a value of up to $200.

Recognition Ceremony and Reception:  An Art Show and Recognition Ceremony to announce the winners of the competition will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. (reception at 6:30) in the lower level of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Artists and their families are invited to attend this free event.

For complete rules of the contest and an application, please click here

For more information, please call 703-704-6733, TTY 711.


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