Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Youth Art Contest Winners
In February of 2021, Brunswick County announced the Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Art Contest to invite the youth to help shape the County's vision for the future! Through the support of Brunswick County Schools and a partnership with the Brunswick Arts County, the Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Art was created to raise awareness and increase community engagement for the Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Project in a fun interactive way! The Contest invited the youth of Brunswick County to contribute to a significant County-wide planning process by helping shape the vision of the future.
The contest was open to students in grades K-12 or those homeschooled from ages 5 to 17 and invited schools from around the County to participate including Brunswick County Schools, homeschools, as well as charter and private schools. Participants were asked to show their vision of Brunswick County's future using mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolors, tempera paint, colored pencils, markers, and crayons with a submission deadline of March 31st.
Entries were separated into 4-grade level categories: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were given in each category with $100 checks from the Brunswick Arts Council for the schools with the most submissions. Waccamaw School submitted the most submissions in the K-2 and 3-5 grade categories and tied with Leland Middle School in the 6-8 category. North Brunswick High School had the most submissions in the 9-12 grade category.
Local artists and members of the Planning and Parks and Recreation Departments judged the submissions and decided the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within each category. In addition, the Planning Department and Parks and Recreation Department each picked their favorite. Contest winners were announced May 4th. Prizes for winners include gift cards, art supplies, and a framed award.
The Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Youth Art Contest increased participation and engagement with the Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Plan as well as promoted the arts in Brunswick County. Be sure to look for the winning artwork on June 19th, 2021 at the Soundstock Solstice by the Sea Festival at Middleton Park in Oak Island as well as in the upcoming Brunswick County Future Land Use Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan!