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Healthy soil, healthy life.
The Warren County Conservation District is hosting an art contest for K-12 students centered on the value of healthy soil.
“Life comes from the ground” according to a statement from watershed specialist Jean Gomory. “Not just plant life, but all life.”
“Think about it,” she said. “What three things do all living things need to live? Food, water and shelter.
“All food comes from the ground – even Twizzlers and Oreos, which are made with wheat flour,” said Gomory. “The grain of wheat used to make flour is harvested from plants that need healthy soil to grow.”
“Our meat depends on healthy soil” she said. “What do cows eat? Grass. Where does grass come from? Ground.”
“Healthy soil grows the trees we use to build our homes, and soil microbes help clean your water,” she said. “Healthy soil means healthy life on Earth. The Warren County Conservation District is looking for K-12 student art that expresses this concept.
Contest entries must be the original work of the student and cannot be traced from photographs or other works.
Pieces should be done in pencil, crayon, colored pencil, marker, charcoal, paint or pen, on card stock and should not exceed 8.5 by 11.
“The theme – Healthy Soil, Healthy Life – should be located on the artwork”, said Gomory.
Judges will rate entries using a scale weighted on curatorial message (50%), visual effectiveness (30%), originality (10%) and universal appeal (10%).
Each submission must have the artist’s name, address, phone number and note on the back. Judging will be in the following grade level groups: Kindergarten to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12.
Applications can be submitted to the WCCD office – 4000 Conewango Ave., Warren – until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18.
Judging will take place on April 4.
Cash prizes, courtesy of the Warren County Visitors Bureau, will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age group.
Winners will be notified on April 6.
The WCCD reserves the right to use any submitted artwork without restriction in the future. Artists can collect their works between April 20 and 22.
“In addition to the official judging, a People’s Choice ribbon will be awarded in each age group,” said Gomory. “Members of the public are invited to stop by the Warren County Conservation District building from March 22 through April 1 during working hours — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday — to vote for their favorite work of art.”
More information is available by calling (814) 726-1441.