Superintendent’s Memo #324-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 14, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Call for Student Artwork in Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission invites students in grades K‐12 to participate in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Commission is hosting a concert with the Richmond Symphony on April 13, 2013, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  All Virginia students in grades K‐12 are eligible to participate in the call for artwork sponsored by the Commission. Selected entries will be exhibited at the concert and posted on the Commission's Web site.

All entries must reflect the theme "Emancipation Proclamation: Out of Bondage...Into Freedom."  The categories for entry are visual arts, language arts, and artistic expression.  Artwork criteria, student contest rules, and the student entry form can be found on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission's Web site at http://mlkcommission.dls.virginia.gov/lincoln/projects.html.

School divisions may enter a maximum of 30 entries total in visual arts, language arts, and artistic expression by grade level as follows:

Grade Level
Elementary – maximum of 10 entries
Middle – maximum of 10 entries
High – maximum of 10 entries

Please submit all entries by February 22, 2013, to:

Brenda H. Edwards
Senior Research Associate
Division of Legislative Services
General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Please note that submitted entries cannot be returned to the school division.

Thank you for your help with this call for student artwork.  For more information, go to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission's Web site at http://mlkcommission.dls.virginia.gov/lincoln/projects.html.  If you have questions, please contact Betsy Barton, history specialist, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454; or Brenda Edwards, senior research associate, Division of Legislative Services, by e-mail at bedwards@dls.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-3591, ext. 232.

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