ITHACA, N.Y. — New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is excited to announce the kickoff of a onetime art contest, Commodity Icon Art Contest, as it looks to identify an exceptional artist whose art will become the icons of a new digital New York State commodity map. This agricultural literacy resource will showcase the breadth and depth of our state’s food, fiber, and natural resource production. The contest is open to all New York State students in grades 3-12. The deadline for submission is January 8, 2021.
To compete, participants will create 26 unique art pieces from a list of 26 commodities and food products that are produced in our state. Artists are challenged to work small by creating art in a 3in x 3in area using the mediums of graphic design, pencil drawing, watercolors, oils, acrylics, crayons, etc. Photography will not be considered for this contest.
Student work will be judged by a panel consisting of team members and professional artists from the View Arts organization of Old Forge, NY along with the NYAITC staff. One exceptional artist will be chosen by this judging panel to receive a student and classroom prize package valued at $2,000. The winning student’s artwork will be digitalized and used as the icons on NYAITC’s commodity map resource which will go live in 2021 on the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website.
Click on the following link to learn more about the contest rules, procedures, submission guidelines, and support documents: https://ny.agclassroom.org/programs/iconart/ .
New York Agriculture in the Classroom was established in 1985 as a partnership of Cornell University, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau. NYAITC’s mission is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how we produce food and fiber, what we eat, and how we live, by helping educators, students, and their communities learn about and engage with agriculture and food systems. Working with Cooperative Extension educators, classroom teachers, and volunteers throughout the state, New York Agriculture in the Classroom fosters an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our food and fiber system.
–New York Agriculture in the Classroom
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