Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational

Since 1991, the annual Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational celebrates National Historic Preservation Week and Arkansas Heritage Month. The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. For 2019, winning entries will be exhibited at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock during May. The contest is open to all Arkansas 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Submissions must relate to a historic Arkansas property that is 50 years old or older. Contest opens January 1, 2019, and submission deadline is April 1, 2019 *EXTENDED TO APRIL 11TH. 


General Guidelines

  • The contest has two age categories: 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade.
  • Students may enter the essay or art contests individually, or they may enter both contests for their age category. 
  • Students who are home schooled or who are in any alternative educational arrangement are welcome to enter, so long as they fit into one of the age categories. The 5th/6th grade category corresponds roughly to ages 10-12. The 7th/8th grade category roughly corresponds to ages 13-14. Age is not the corresponding factor for eligibility, but students should compete against others who are doing work at generally the same level. 
  • All students must be residents of the state of Arkansas.
  • All hard-copy work must be postmarked by *April 1, 2019 to be considered.
  • All digital submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on *April 1, 2019 to be considered. 
  • Submit an entry form along with your essay and/or artwork.

    Preserve Our Past Invitational Entry Form Preserve Our Past Invitational Entry Form (806 KB)

                      

Essay Submissions

instructions and guidelines

  • Each essay should be original and no longer than 500 words.
  • The essay should focus on a historic site somewhere in the state of Arkansas.
  • Essay should be typed, double spaced
  • Your essay should be on white 8.5 x 11" standard paper 
  • Your name should not appear on the front of the essay
  • The essay should include a title.
  • Below title indicate the location of the historic site you are writing about.
  • Essays do not have to be a typical 5-paragraph enumeration or straight history of a property.  
  • Creativity and imagination is encouraged. However, the contest does not accept pieces that are pure fiction or refer to a fictional property.
  • If a student is using sources in their work, it is customary to include bibliography listing them.
  • Each essay's spelling and grammar will factor into the judging of the piece. 
  • Students may enter essays via hard copy or email to the AHPP Education Coordinator.

On the BACK of the essay include the following clearly and neatly written or typed:

  • Full name of student
  • Grade of student
  • School (or home school)
  • Name of piece
  • Title of work of art
  • Home address
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address

ArtWork Submissions

instructions and guidelines 

  • Artwork should be original. 
    Pieces must focus on a historic site somewhere in the state of Arkansas
  • Pieces should be no larger or smaller than 11x14 inches in size. 
  • Pieces should be on paper. 
  • Pieces should be done in pen and ink, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint, pastels, or any other medium that works on paper
    Oil paint and canvases are not permitted.   
  • Collage or other approaches are permitted, so long as all parts are created by the student, and the whole art piece can be framed.
  • It must be possible to frame your art piece in a standard 11x14 inch frame.
  • Your work should be submitted in a large envelope (do not fold).
  • Art pieces can not be entered online or via email.

On the BACK of the essay include the following clearly and neatly written or typed: 

  • Full name of student
  • Grade of student
  • School (or home school)
  • Name of piece
  • Title of work of art
  • Home address
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address

Judging and Prizes

Entries are judged by a rotating board of AHPP staff members on creativity of execution, topic selection, accuracy, and general aesthetic factors. Prizes in each category include:

  • All participating students will receive a certificate.
  • First, second and third place winners receive a trophy and a certificate.
  • Two honorable mentions in each category will receive a ribbon and a certificate.
  • Winning artwork will also be framed and displayed at the Historic Arkansas Museum during the month of May, as well as published on the AHPP website.