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Forbes Announces 2011 Congressional Arts Competition
Washington, D.C., March 10, 2011
Contact: Joe Hack (202) 225-6365

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2011 Congressional Arts Competition.  The annual art competition offers high school students from the Fourth Congressional District an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the United States Capitol, a tradition that began in 1982.

“The annual art competition is a unique opportunity to showcase the importance of fine arts curriculum in schools, as well as display the talent that students in our district possess,” Forbes said. “I look forward to seeing all of this year’s submissions.”

Every year, each Member of Congress is given the opportunity to choose one piece from their Congressional District to display in the Cannon Tunnel, a path tread by many visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the U.S. Capitol.  The winner from the Fourth District will also be invited to Washington, D.C. to meet Congressman Forbes and attend the annual unveiling ceremony in June.

Last year’s winner from Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District was Miss Jennifer Smith, a 12th grade student from Prince George High School, with her charcoal piece ”Broken.”

Guidelines and information packets are being sent to all high schools in the Fourth Congressional District. Students wishing to participate must submit their artwork no later than Friday, April 22, 2011.  All entries must be sent to one of Congressman Forbes’ district offices in Emporia, Chesterfield, or Chesapeake.

Additional information is available on Congressman Forbes website at http://www.forbes.house.gov/ConstituentServices/artscompetition.htm, including official guidelines and information.  Students can also contact Anne Pace in Congressman Forbes’ Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-6365 for more information.


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