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CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D- Champaign) is encouraging K-12 students to create and submit artwork for the annual art contest sponsored by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education. This year’s theme is “Art Surrounds Us.”

“Students of all ages are able to showcase their artistic ability by submitting something to this contest,” Bennett said. “The theme ‘Art Surrounds Us’ provides a great opportunity to get creative and highlight the importance of the arts in our everyday lives, especially during these challenging times we’re living in.”

The contest includes four entry levels: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A panel of judges selects a winner and three runners-up in each entry level.

All winners and runners-up will have their work displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One student’s work will be chosen by the judges as “Best in Show” and will be featured on a poster to celebrate the arts during Illinois Arts Education Week, which takes place March 15-19 this year.

Past themes include “Leadership is an Art” and “Art Connects History.”

Student submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 12, 2021 to be considered. More information on the competition and how to submit artwork can be found on the ALPLM website.

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