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The 2012 “Call for the Arts” Contest

09/11/2012 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide

What is it?

What does it mean to be a military child? . . . In 2002, the Military Child Education Coalition® established the  “Call for the Arts” contest as a way to find out from those that know best . . . military children!

Consider this . . . “Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” – Amy Lowell (1874-1925), and “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.)

If art is the most fundamental way that we can express ourselves, then what better way for military-connected kids to communicate the trials and triumphs, joys and fears of transitioning with and missing the service member they love?

Based on each year’s submissions, MCEC® utilizes every opportunity to display the artistic skill of these children as a way of communicating all the issues, feelings, and truths that they encounter in their experience.  Artwork can be found in the MCEC's “On the Move” magazine, their annual calendar, their annual conference/training seminar and other MCEC publications as well as on the home page of the™ website.

Who can participate?

The “Call for the Arts” is open to all military-connected children, Pre-K through High School.

When does it begin?

Submissions can be mailed in starting September 1st of every year.

What is the deadline?

The Official Submission Form must be postmarked by the last Friday in January of each year.  This year that date is January 25, 2013.

What artistic mediums are considered?

Entries must fall into the following categories:  Artwork, Film and/or Writing

What are the suggested topics?

Parents/Family; Teachers/School; Transitions/Changes; Cultures You’ve Experienced; Military Lifestyle; Your Wishes, Hopes and Dreams; and The Life Lessons You’ve Learned

Where can I get more information?

You can find the Official Submission Form as well as more details about this program at the Military Child Education Coalition® web site.

Good Luck to all of this year’s participants!!!

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