January 25, 2005
NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM:
CITY/COUNTY ART CONTEST DRAWS 260 ENTRIES
Charlotte, NC - The atrium of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center has been transformed into an art gallery thanks to some very talented government employees. The display is part of the City/County fundraising campaign for the Arts & Science Council, organized in conjunction with the National Arts Program Foundation.
Current and retired City, County and Public Library employees and their families submitted 260 entries in the 2005 competition. Winners will be announced at the exhibit unveiling:
Thursday, January 27
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth Street
Judges from Charlotte's arts community will review the entries in several adult and youth categories. There will also be a "People's Choice" award. The entries of paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts and mixed media will be displayed in the lobby and second-floor landing of the Government Center through February 24.
This is the fifth year the City and County have participated in this nationally recognized program and the third year for the Public Library to take part. The National Arts Program is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to encourage artists at all levels.
As always, the National Arts Program competition is held in conjunction with the City/County Arts & Science Council fundraising campaign, which officially begins January 28. The City's goal this year is $110,000 and the County's is $78,000. Campaign highlights include the kickoff event on January 28, a gallery crawl for adults on February 4, an employee talent show on February 11, and a family day for employees at Discovery Place on February 13. The City/County Campaign ends February 24.
The National Arts Foundation was founded in 1982. Since then, more than 100,000 pieces of art have been shown to the public. This year, more than 200 cities and towns have shows officially sanctioned by the Foundation.