Three Desert Sands Unified School District students received honorable mentions for their work using the theme “Expressions of Possibility” in their art.

DSUSD Students Win Awards in Art CompetitionWinning honorable mention in the 3rd-5th grade category is William Dickerson of Harry S. Truman Elementary School; winning honorable mention in the 6th-8th grade category is Arial Calderon of Palm Desert Charter Middle School; and winning honorable mention in the 9th-12th grade category is Alexis Hisgen of Palm Desert High School. Their work was selected out of more than 500 entries.

The visual art competition encouraged the submission of pencil sketches, colorful drawings, 3D collages, paintings, and photographs.

“Despite the closure of schools, students in Riverside County are continuing to create, dream, and express their ideas through their own unique talents and abilities,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Judy D. White at the launch of the program.

DSUSD Students Win Awards in Art Competition“Artistic expression is a healthy way for students to process their feelings, exercise their creative abilities, and expand their understanding of a changing world. These expressions have the power to uplift others and bring meaning to their life and the lives of others during challenging times.” The competition is open to all students in grades TK-12 attending public, charter, private, parochial, or home school programs in Riverside County.

For each of the six weeks, students can submit their contributions at www.rcoe.us/art-connects. Winners will be announced in each grade level category approximately one week after the submission deadline for each week’s competition.

  • 1st place award: $75 gift card from RCOE Foundation, plaque, and certificate of participation
  • 2nd place award: $50 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation
  • 3rd place award: $25 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation
  • Honorable mention: Certificate of participation

“The roster of distinguished judges looking to support student artists includes Riverside County artists, poets, choreographers, actors, writers, educators, filmmakers, and musicians,” said Riverside County Arts Administrator, Louisa Higgins. “Judging criteria will include creativity/originality, connection to the weekly theme, artistic composition, and overall impression.”

Art Connects Competition and Submission Schedule:

  • Week One (March 25-31): Medium: Poetry (Theme: Expressions of Change)
  • Week Two (April 1-7): Medium: Visual Arts (Theme: Expressions of Possibility)
  • Week Three (April 8-14): Medium: Dance (Theme: Expressions of Kindness)
  • Week Four (April 15-21): o Medium: Theater (Theme: Expressions of Persistence)
  • Week Five (April 22-28): Medium: Media Arts (Theme: Expressions of Connections)
  • Week Six (April 29 – May 5): Medium: Music (Theme: Expressions of Hope)

Additional details on Art Connects are available by clicking here. 

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