Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2008
Contact: Laura Stone
Division of Cultural Affairs
Media Advisory: Florida Launches Statewide Arts Contest Friday
Tallahassee, FLORIDA –
Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning
Commissioner of Education Eric Smith
Margo Bindhardt, Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Tony Carvajal, Florida Chamber Foundation
Former Senator Charles W. Clary, III
Tom Prestopnik, retired art teacher
Back Steps of the Old Capitol Building
10:00 a.m., Friday, September
The launch of Art Builds Florida!, a statewide art contest inviting Florida’s 9-12 grade high school students to create visual pieces of art that express the importance of art and culture to the future of their state. From September 8 to November 7, 2008, students can submit original 2-dimensional artwork exploring the four key areas of Florida’s strategic plan for the arts, Culture Builds Florida’s Future.
For the contest, Florida’s 67 counties have been divided into four regions, each taking one of the focus areas of the strategic plan, Culture Builds Florida’s Future. The four areas are Leadership, Design and Development, Learning and Wellness, and Strengthening the Economy. The winning designs will become visual representations of the strategic plan, helping to develop momentum and inspire excitement for future activities in each focus area through a variety of promotional materials.