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Art for Youth competition enters public display phase


Last updated 1/10/2019 at 10:04pm

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The Art for Youth Competition will be on display until Jan. 24.

HEMET – The Art for Youth Competition, a collaborative program of the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, the Hemet Valley Art Association and The Diamond Valley Arts Council, moved into the public display phase Monday, Jan. 7. The display runs through Jan. 24. It is during this period that artwork entered into the competition by students from six different high schools within the Hemet and San Jacinto School Districts can be viewed at various businesses throughout the San Jacinto Valley.

This year the competition has experienced a significant increase in the number of entries – a result which stems from the efforts of the dedicated teachers and administrators who are committed to the education of their students. The number of entries increased nearly threefold what it was previously. It means there are still a few opportunities for businesses to serve as display site sponsors. If a business is interested in the opportunity to display some of the artwork or, if there is interest in becoming a sponsor of the competition, contact them at [email protected]

Organizers emphasize that in addition to the public display aspect, the competition is unique in the educational value it provides for aspiring young artists. To be accepted into the competition the submitted art is evaluated by professional artists. One consideration in evaluating the work is that it be suitable for gallery presentation. For the flat art in all categories other than the 3D art that often means the art is to be framed and matted, a requirement that can be a financial limitation for some students. To address that issue the committee created a "Frame and Matting Assistance Program" designed to cover those costs and assure that deserving students are not prevented from participating for economic reasons.

The competition is supported in part by a generous grant of Community Improvement Development funds provided Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington. Information listing the names and addresses of display site sponsors will be available soon at the facilities operated by each of the three collaborating organizations noted above.

Submitted by Diamond Valley Arts Council.


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