Banned Books Art Contest

Jul 22, 2010 05:39:55 PM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

To celebrate Banned Books Week, Kalamazoo Public Library and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Southwestern Branch are sponsoring a Banned Books Week Art Contest and Celebration during the October 1 Art Hop in downtown Kalamazoo.

Artists are invited to create original art for the contest inspired by one of the following five frequently challenged or banned books.

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
TTYL by Lauren Myracle

The contest is open to artists residing in southwest Michigan. Artwork should be submitted in one of two categories: Adult, artists over the age of 18 years; or Student, artists in grades 7-12.

Entries must be received by mail no later than Wednesday, September 29. Hand-delivered entries will be accepted Tuesday, September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, between 9 am to 9 pm, at Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. An entry form (available online) must accompany artwork.

The ACLU will award First Place cash prizes in two categories: $500 to the Adult winner and $150 to the Student winner. One Honorable Mention and one People's Choice will also be awarded in each category.

Art contest winners will be announced Friday, October 1, during the Art Hop Reception, from 5:00-8:00 pm, at Kalamazoo Public Library. The celebration will also include a Banned Books Readout, from 6:00-7:30 pm, featuring local personalities. All submitted art work will be displayed at Kalamazoo Public Library from October 1-8.

Please contact KPL’s Kevin King or the ACLU’s Jacquelyn Taylor, jvmt@yahoo.com, with any questions about the art contest.

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