Attention schools and teachers, especially art and science teachers! And let’s not forget those creative students who enjoy the arts! It’s that time of year again when Arkansas Wildlife Federation (AWF) partners with Creative Ideas for the annual “Wildlife of Arkansas” Student Art Contest.
The art competition is free to enter and open to any Arkansas student (incl. home, private, & public school) grades kindergarten – 12th grade. Last year’s contest saw double the number of individual entries from the previous year, over 600 pieces of art, and an increase in the number of public, private and home school participants. Though there is no entry fee, there are over $3,000 in prizes and cash awarded to each of the 52 winners, four per grade (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention).
The contest serves two purposes: Helping to keep the arts alive in our schools; Getting children to notice their native surroundings, be it wildlife or a scenic vista. The artwork varies from crayon and fingerpaints, pen and ink to acrylics, oils to multimedia. Last year’s Best of Show was a multimedia piece by Jimmie Battles (Cabot Junior High, North) for “Serenity,” a wonderful piece of art produced on wood which combined various wood carving and cutting techniques along with twine.
For the past three years the awards ceremony has been held in May at the AGFC Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center on the Riverfront in Little Rock. In addition, the museum allows AWF and Creative Ideas to display the winning art throughout the month of May during Riverfest, so approximately 10,000 people see the art. 2013 saw the art show go on tour to the other AGFC Nature Centers, more than doubling the total number of visitors that saw the gallery presentation. There are hopes to repeat the touring art show once more in 2014.
In addition, 2013 was the first year that a calendar had been produced featuring the winning art. All 52 winners were included in the December 2013 – December 2014 calendar with the proceeds going back into the art contest. Repeating the production of the calendar for 2015 is dependent upon how well the current calendar sells. Schools and other non-profits were given a discount rate to purchase calendars so that they could do their own fundraiser.
This year’s competition deadline is March 14, 2014. Contest rules and registration form can be found DOWNLOADED HERE, or found in the November/December 2013 issue of Arkansas Out-of-Doors. Questions? Contact Sharon Hacker, president of Creative Ideas.
(Please do not contact AWF or AGFC with questions. Please do not send your artwork to AWF or AGFC. Creative Ideas has a specific address for artist/schools to send their work.)
Flyer for Bearcat Hollow 9-28-2013
Click the link above for details about the work weekend.
AWF has moved thanks to the donation of land by Dr. Charles Logan, M.D. and his wife Joyce Logan. Our new information:
Arkansas Wildlife Federation
P.O. Box 56380
Little Rock, AR 72215
President’s Letter – November/December 2013
Thanksgiving has just passed and Christmas is here. I would like to reflect on some things I have to be thankful for over the past 4 years as president of AWF.
First of all I am thankful to our God who has given us all of these beautiful things on earth to have and share while we are here.
I am thankful for my mother for doing all she could to provide for so many in our family during hard times (my mother had 16 children). Even though we didn’t have much, we appreciated what we did have and didn’t always realize what most others had that we were without.
I also want to thank my wife and family who support the volunteer work I do.
As for AWF I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as an important part of such conservation-minded organization that wants to do what we can to benefit wildlife and for people to enjoy the rewards of nature and give back. I am thankful for the support of AWF board members and, of course, AWF Executive Director Ethan Nahté. Without them AWF could neither function nor accomplish our conservation goals. AWF’s present board has been one of the most supportive boards I have served on, and I’ve served on many. We are a hardworking, hands-on board.
I am thankful to several organizations who have been AWF partners in conservation, like the USFS, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Forest Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society, University of the Ozarks Planet Club, Little Rock Air Force Base, and many others who have been a part of the Bearcat Hollow Project. This project has given new life to wildlife in the Ozark National Forest area. I am so thankful for all the other organizations that do what they can to help conservation, for I feel we are all caretakers of this great place we call earth and, while we are here, we should do the best we can to leave something for the future generations.
I want to thank the men and women in our military who give so much for America and our freedom we all have and enjoy every day.
I want to thank AWF members and sponsors for all their support, for without them we would not be the oldest and largest conservation organization of our kind in Arkansas. AWF is an all-volunteer organization and continues through the financial support of our members and sponsors. I would like to ask you to become a supporter of AWF and help us continue. Help us to pass on our natural heritage to future generations and the rights we have today. Become a “Doer” not a just a “User.”
Volunteer Day Video Highlights – 2011