Aspiring Artists will be a yearlong contest involving all of the school-age children in Clay County.
"Young artists don't have many opportunities," The Brazil Times General Manager Lynne Llewellyn said. "This is our way of giving back to the community."
Each grade level will have the opportunity to submit a work of art to the Times' office. Llewellyn says not to worry if students are not inclined to drawings or paints, if the piece can be brought into the office then a picture could be taken for submission.
"We will have all submissions judged by a panel of community members," she said.
The top five will be published each month along with the announcement of the winner. At the conclusion of the 12-month contest, the winners will have their artwork featured in a calendar.
Each month, there will be a designated age group. Children are required to have artwork turned in by the 10th of their designated month but may turn it in earlier for publication at the end of the month.
The months for each grade include:
* January -- Kindergarten and first grade (Kindergarten will be the cover and first grade will be January),
* February -- second-grade,
* March -- third-grade,
* April -- fourth-grade,
* May -- fifth-grade,
* June -- sixth-grade,
* July -- seventh-grade,
* August -- eighth-grade,
* September -- ninth-grade,
* October -- 10th-grade,
* November -- 11th-grade, and
* December -- 12th-grade.
A portion of the proceeds from the calendar will be donated to a scholarship fund, which will be awarded every other year to a local art student to help further their education.
For more information on the contest, contact Llewellyn.
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