Arts in McNairy Seek Artwork for Black History Month Celebration Student Art Show

Artists, ages 18 years old and younger, are being sought by Arts in McNairy (AIM) to participate in the Black History Month Celebration Student Art Show. The contest is part the AIM’s cultural art-based shows that last year included the Hispanic Heritage Celebration in September. Along with recognizing different cultures, the beauty of these contests is there are no limitations placed on the students when is comes to their creativity.

“I haven’t put any rules on the type of art the students create. So, they can really let their imaginations take them wherever as long as the subject is based on Black History or African American figures,” said Amy Grantham, Arts in McNairy Visual Arts Chair.

Students are able to present their vision using paint, pencil, pen, or any other art medium of choice. The canvas may be the personal choice of the artist and the artwork does not have to be framed.

“For the last student show, most who entered turned in paintings on canvas or paper, drawings on poster board, or paper with pencils and ink or work assembled from construction paper,” said Grantham who shared her hope for this student contest opportunity.” I hope this competition will inspire students to create, lead to confidence in their art, help them form a connection to their community and cultural roots, and spur on involvement in local arts programs.”

Entries are due by Tuesday, February 20, 2024, and must be submitted to Ms. Grantham at the McNairy County Visitors Center (The Latta Theatre – 205 West Court Avenue, Selmer, 38375), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are asked to include on the back of the artwork their name, school name (if applicable), and their parent’s name and phone number. The artwork will be on display for Arts in McNairy’s annual Black History Month Celebration that will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the The Latta Theatre at 1 p.m. Winners will be announced at the celebration and prizes will be awarded.

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