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. 

 

The 30th Annual Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational opens January 1st, 2021, and ends April 2nd, 2021. This contest is open to all Arkansas students currently in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Each submission must include 1 student entry form (3 submissions = 3 entry forms). The file attached in this email includes a “contest guidelines” information sheet and an entry form.

DISCLAIMER – Due to the current health crisis, AHPP reserves the right to change rules and/or deadlines at any time during the duration of this contest. All changes will be kept updated on the website and participants may contact Amy Milliken to discuss any changes or ask any questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Milliken at [email protected] or at 501-324-9786.   


Click Here for Past Winners


General Guidelines

2021 Preserve Our Past Guidelines 2021 Preserve Our Past Guidelines (162 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.