Many of us have planned a trip over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house this Thanksgiving. And, as we parents know, that means we have to come up with some form of entertainment for children that will keep questions like, "Are we there yet?" to a minimum.
While they may not have set it up for that reason, an art contest, sponsored by the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, just may help you with that problem.
The council is holding its first art competition for children with peace as the subject. The winning art will be featured on the holiday cards the council mails to supporters and others, said Gail M. Koehler, editor of the council's newsletter Peaceways.
The contest is open to budding Central Kentucky artists in kindergarten through 12th grade. The winner will also pocket $50.
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Surely that reward will keep the kids busy.
"We are looking for an image that will reproduce well and will speak to the theme of waging peace, imagining peace or on activities that would be peace-producing," Koehler said.
The artwork must creatively interpret the lyrics to Peace Is the Way, a song written by George Ella Lyon, an award-winning poet, novelist and children's writer. Lyon and her husband performed for the council's 25th anniversary two years ago, and remembering that prompted Koehler to ask to use the song for this contest.
All entries should be in black and white and must be submitted on 81/2-by-11-inch (standard size) paper. If the entries are mailed and must be folded, charcoal, chalk or some lead pencils may not be the medium to use. They may be smudged during delivery. A felt-tip pen might be better.
Fortunately, entries may also be hand-delivered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, Koehler said.
Mail entries to the council office, 112 North Upper Street, Lexington, Ky. 40507.
Entries should include a separate sheet of paper noting the title of the piece, and the artist's name, age, address, phone number and e-mail address. The deadline is Dec. 3.
All entries will become the property of the council. None can be returned.
"We won't sell them, but we might display some of them at our annual dinner in the spring or at a Gallery Hop at our office, or we might mount them and display them in the office," she said, adding that at least two professional artists will be on the selection committee.
Incorporated in 1984, the council is a coalition of groups and individuals who target peace and justice issues locally, nationally and internationally. Some of the issues the council focuses on are a sustainable environment, non-violent solutions to conflict, equitable distribution of the world's resources and respect for human rights.
"We all have different talents and priorities," Koehler said of members.
For information, call Koehler at (859)338-2418.