Winners of the 2013 Blues Heritage Youth Art Competition have been announced by the Delta Cultural Center. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the artistic endeavors of Delta youths and stimulate their interest in the cultural attributes of the Delta. The competition is co-sponsored by the DCC and The Pillow Clinic of Helena-West Helena.
Barton High School student Akeylia Craig was the winner of a $250 award in the senior high division. Senior high merit awards went to Josh Roberts of Marmaduke High School and Cornelius Byrd of Helena-West Helena Central High School.
Chrissanna Nagy of Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro won a $100 award in the middle school division. Middle school merit winners were Amber Hatchett, also from Douglas MacArthur Junior High School, and Owen Williamson of Presbyterian Day School in Clarksdale, Miss.
All three winners in the elementary division attend the Presbyterian Day School in Clarksdale. Gage Murphy won the $60 first place award with merit awards going to Jhalen Wells and Cam Brewer.
The winners were honored during a reception for the Blues Heritage Youth Art Competition participants at the DCC Depot on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Merit winners in all divisions received $20 prizes. Teachers of the first place award winner in each division received $50 to aid classroom instruction. The teacher of each merit award winner received $20.
Open to all public, private, and home-school students, the contest attracted entries from all over eastern Arkansas and Mississippi. Entries were divided into three divisions: the elementary division (kindergarten through fifth grade), middle school (sixth through ninth grade) and high school (10th through 12th grade).
“We were thrilled with the response of students in our area and impressed with the quality of their work,” said Susan Phillips, DCC education program assistant and organizer of the project. Phillips also extended gratitude to The Pillow Clinic for their continued support of our youth.
The exhibit of the artwork continues through December at the DCC Depot. Admission is free. Gallery hours at the DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street and the nearby Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, interested persons can call the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4350 or toll free at (800) 358-0972, or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.