THE DREAM@50 ART CONTEST

THE DREAM@50 ART CONTEST
 
Youth Art Gallery
Terminal A-East Baggage Claim
(open to the public)
 
The Dream@50 was a nationwide art contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963, in Washington, DC. Students from 10 cities – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area participated.
 
Contest organizers describe the project and its purpose – “Students were invited to create two-dimensional works of art inspired by a word or phrase from Dr. King’s famous speech. The purpose of The Dream@50 is to empower students with the tools to transform their own lives and the lives of others, to demonstrate the vital importance of the arts in education and daily life, to build stronger communities based on mutual understanding and respect, and to celebrate the values and goals that we all share as Americans.”
 
In Philadelphia, each participating school selected one winner who submitted their work online. Six judges from the region chose fifty-five semifinalists from the online submissions. Ten winners were chosen with two runners-up and one winner in each of the three age group categories.  The judges also chose one overall Grand Prize Winner.
 
This exhibition features selected work by twenty-five of the region’s fifty-five semifinalists. Congratulations to all of the participating students.
 
The nationwide contest is sponsored by Target in partnership with the United Nations, UNESCO, YouTube, Americans for the Arts, National Education Association, National Art Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Arts Schools Network, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
 
The Dream@50 Art Contest in Philadelphia is a local partnership of The School District of Philadelphia (co-presenter), African American Museum in Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, Brandywine Workshop, CBS Outdoor, City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Woodmere Art Museum.
 
 
 

  Zaire Griffins
 

  Anh Nguyen