The Mobile Arts Council is now accepting entries for the 2021 District 1 Visual Arts Achievement Program and Young at Art! For the first time, this year’s program will take place virtually AND in person – teachers and students are not required to participate in person to be eligible to compete. Those eligible for District 1 include public and private schools Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington counties. Every student who receives a District Award will be recognized in the State Awards from the Alabama State Council on the Arts online. All entries, in person and virtual, must be submitted online. Private studios are not eligible to submit work. Entry categories include painting, drawing, mixed media, 3-D/craft, photography, printmaking, and computer images.

The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12 to be recognized for their contributions to the visual arts at the local and state levels. The District 1 juried exhibition will hang from February 5th to February 26th, and will also be displayed on our Virtual Gallery online.. For those who want to physically participate, entries must be equipped to hang with a wire or sawtooth hanger and will be due on February 1st – 3rd at our Gallery at Room 1927 (6 S. Joachim St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). All entries will be due online by February 1st through the online application below:

Concurrently, Young at Art is for 5th grade students and below and not included in the juried competition. These entries must be equipped to hang (with a wire, sawtooth hanger, contact strips, or some other way that does not stick out of the top of the artwork). Unlike VAAP, this show is also open to private lesson teachers. Apply to showcase up to five pieces of elementary school artwork here:

For those who want to physically participate, entries must be equipped to hang with a wire or sawtooth hanger and will be due on February 1st – 3rd at our Gallery at Room 1927 (6 S. Joachim St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you need an alternate drop off time, or help with photographing and entering your submissions online, we will gladly do this for you at the gallery!

Contact Sydney Cramer at scramer@mobilearts.org or 251-432-9796 for more information. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday – Friday.

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