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Children urged to enter drawing contest

Children in grades kindergarten through sixth are encouraged to get creative and draw their favorite building with windows. Does it have just one window or is it made up of lots of windows? Libraries, theaters, churches, stores and homes have an array of windows.

Official entry forms and guidelines have been distributed to the Clarke and Murray schools and home-schooled students. All entry forms must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian and returned to the student’s teacher by Friday, March 21.

All children’s art work will be publicly displayed in Murray and Osceola during the weeks of April 1-18. The entries will then be hand-delivered to Des Moines for the state-wide judging the following week.

“By asking children to draw one of their favorite cultural or historic buildings in town, they will begin to look at and appreciate the architecture around them,” said Mary Ellen Kimball, project chair for the Clarke Area Arts Council. “Students should feel free to use their favorite way of drawing – crayons, pencils, pens or markers.”

Winners will be selected from nine regions in the state and receive prizes.

The “Architecture by Children Drawing Contest” is sponsored statewide by Iowa Architecture Foundation, Homes Murphy and Casey’s General Store.

Local project supporters include the Clarke Area Arts Council and the Kimball Family Foundation. Additional information is available from Deb Jurshak at 641-447-2430 and Mary Ellen Kimball at 641-342-4272.

Clarke Area Arts Council joins others in the community interested in architecture. Molly Naumann, architectural historian, has been an Artist-in-the-Schools six times, increasing awareness of our area’s architecture and it’s importance in history, economy and lifestyle.

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