Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational


Image:  Preserve Our Past 2020 5th/6th Grade Art Winner:  1st Place - Brooke Bitely, Pulaski Academy, The Old Mill, North Little Rock, Arkansas. 

NOTE:  The 2020 Preserve Our Past event is now completed.  Winners have been selected and announced - more information here:  2020 Preserve Our Past Winners.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Milliken at [email protected] or at 501-324-9786.   


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. In 2020, 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. The contest is closed for 2020, our contest will return in 2021.  Read about the 2019 contest.


Click Here for Past Winners


General Guidelines

2020 Preserve Our Past Entry Form 2020 Preserve Our Past Entry Form (392 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.