Friday, September 7, 2012

First Lady Launches Student Art Challenge

Maine’s First Lady has launched a new challenge for Maine’s students in a partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The challenge, for Maine students in grades K-8, is to submit an original work of art depicting what living in Maine means to them. Artwork may be inspired by a wide range of images from favorite Maine places, outdoor activities, foods and state symbols, as well as families having fun together.

Selected artwork will be featured in the First Lady’s upcoming new family friendly Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal, produced in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation. The journal is a scrapbook-style booklet to promote literacy and health to families of newborn babies in Maine. The baby journal will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns in 2012-2013.

All selected artists must be a Maine student (grades K-8) during the 2012-2013 school year, and be a legal resident of Maine at the time of his/her application.

Entries must be postmarked by October 30, 2012; winners are expected to be notified during the week of November 12, 2012. Entries can be sent to the Blaine House – Maine is ME Art Challenge, c/o Paula Benoit, 192 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330.

Students must return the student/parents forms with their artwork. For details of these forms and of this challenge, visit

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