View some award winning art in celebration of Black History Month

February 22, 2012 by  

The Black History awards will be handed out at the Marjorie and William MacDonald Center on February 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The awards are for a multi-disciplinary art contest for students between the grades three and twelve.

The theme of this year’s contest is based on the Muhammad Ali quote “Service to others is the rent you pay for your rooms on earth.” Students are asked to answer how this quote relates to Black history through oratory, visual art or the performing arts. There are three award levels; elementary, middle and high school. The winners in each level will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for runners up. There will also be a best of show award chosen from each level. Contestants can only compete in one genre and need a North Miami Beach Library card in order to qualify.

Proud parents of the visual arts can make the memory more permanent by arranging with local printing companies to have the work framed professionally. Professionally bound works of art last longer and parents can proudly display their children’s art in their home for as long as they live.

Taking part in this competition is an excellent way to teach children about Black history as it most likely involves some historical research. Creative arts are often overlooked in our schools today as a way to bring history to life; this competition which is presented in association with the North Miami Beach Library show how important they are to overall development.