Twelve contest winners from 10 states have been chosen as winners of the first Art of Green Spaces Poster Contest sponsored by Project EverGreen and Birds & Blooms magazine, a Reader’s Digest publication. Approximately 1,300 posters from more than 30 states were entered in the national contest.
“This program shows the great interest young people have in green spaces and continues Project EverGreen’s mission to use contests like this to ‘preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations,’” said Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. “As one of the three pillars of our organization, the GreenCare for Youth focus exemplifies our efforts to use schools as one vehicle to tell the story of managed green spaces.”
The contest asked students in kindergarten through 12th grade to create a poster that exemplifies their artistic skills while describing what “green spaces” meant to them. The contest was divided into four grade groups. “We are inspired by the work of these winners,” Code said. “The number of entries exceeded our expectation and, more importantly, allowed us the chance to tell our story in schools throughout the U.S.”
A panel of art teachers from elementary through high school determined the winning posters. First-, second- and third-place artists in each age group will receive an Amazon gift card worth $100, $50 and $25, respectively.
“This contest shows how students from all grade levels appreciate what a green space means to them,” said Paul Daniel, of Birds & Blooms magazine. “We are excited about the success of this contest in this first year and know our readers will be impressed with the artistic ability of these young people.”
The winning entries will be featured on both Birds & Blooms magazine ( www.birdsandblooms.com) and Project EverGreen’s ( www.projectevergreen.com) websites.
About Project EverGreen
Headquartered in New Prague, Minn., Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing green industry service providers, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies and other organizations. Project EverGreen’s mission is to preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations. For more information, visit www.projectevergreen.com.