‘I Love My County’ Art Contest Accepting Entries | News, Sports, Jobs

WASHINGTON — In an effort to build civic awareness and educate communities about the role of county government, the National Association of Counties is launching the 2022 “I love my county because..” Art competition in conjunction with National County Government Month.

Any student living in the United States, age 18 and under enrolled in grades 1 through 12 during the 2021-2022 academic year is eligible to participate. Winners’ artwork will be featured in the Counties Matter 2023 calendar, winners will be announced in NACO’s flagship publication, County News, and winning artwork will be displayed at NACO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Each submission must be an original work of art from the current school year by a student.

The work must feature a county activity that shows how “Counties matter”, and inspired by the phrase: “I love my country because…”

The work should reflect some aspect of a county government function, department or program, to celebrate National County Government Month.

Artwork must be horizontal 11 X 8.5 inches (PDF or JPEG.)

The largest elements of the artwork should not exceed 10.5.8 inches to allow for trimming during the calendar production process.

The work will be judged on the demonstration of artistic skills in painting, drawing or digital art. It must be original work by the student and each entry must be accompanied by a statement explaining how “Counties matter”, in their community or complete the sentence “I love my country because…”

Each entry must include the artist’s name, grade, school, county and student contact information, parent/guardian email and phone number, and mailing address and telephone number of a teacher.

The contest submission period ends May 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Go to I Love My County Because Art Contest (naco.org) for a link to submit an artwork, it must be submitted in PDF or JPEG format. Winners will be notified and invited to send their original work to NACO. Artist statement including name, age, grade level, school, teacher or art instructor and contact information for a tutor or teacher must be submitted as a file .doc or .docx. For graphic design digital art submissions, the design must be 300 dpi and RGB in color.

Only one submission per student is permitted; Admission is free. Please send original artwork to: NACO, 660 N. Capitol St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001; Attention: Leon Lawrence III, Design Director.

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