The Phoenix Symphony inspires children to more than making and enjoying beautiful music. Their “Symphony for the Schools” program presents an annual “Paint, Poetry, and Movement to Music Contest”which encourages students to create various art works inspired by particular pieces of music.
This year’s contest, dubbed “Dances in the Desert,” is being held in conjunction with their “Symphony for the Schools” concerts on April 26 & 27. Participating students must be part of a school group that is attending one of these concerts.
Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit artwork (paint, marker or crayon on white paper) inspired by “Tales from the Vienna Woods” by Johann Strauss, Jr. Winning artwork will tour with Young Arts Arizona during the 2011/2012 season.
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to submit “free style” poetry inspired by “El Choclo (Tango Argentina) by Angel Gregorio Villoldo. The winning poet will be invited on stage to read his/her poem before the piece is played.
Students in grades 3-8 are invited to show off their “free form” dance moves inspired by “Gymnopedies 2. Lent et douloureux” by Erik Satie. The winning dance group or individual will be invited to perform live with The Phoenix Symphony during each concert.
There’s plenty of fine print for this contest, so please click here for submission guidelines and procedures as well as deadline information.
The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence invites “K-12 students in afterschool programs across the state” to participate in an “Arizona Centennial Writing Project” to help mark the state’s 100th birthday in 2012.
“Participating students,” notes the Center, “can submit an essay based on three writing prompts.”
- I am proud that I live in Arizona because…
- Young people are important to Arizona’s future because…
- My vision for Arizona in the next 100 years is…
The project accepts essays in three grade-based categories: K- grade 4 (50-100 words), grades 5-8 (100-250 words) and grades 9-12 (500-750 words). “Students are encouraged to include elements of Arizona history, culture and geography in their essays,” according to the Center.
Essays are due May 27 — and you can click here to learn more about specific guidelines and submission procedures.
Submissions will be read by an independent panel of judges, who will select 100 essays for inclusion in “a special Voices of Afterschool commemorative publication.” The publication will debut Nov. 9 at an event honoring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with the “2011 Afterschool Champion Award.”
Engage your children in various arts-related contests that come their way. For now, your children may be working with pencils and paintbrushes. But soon enough it’s our collective future they’ll be crafting.
Note: Please read all guidelines, requirements and submission/deadline details noted on sponsoring organization websites before entering.
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