Winners Announced for the Unity: Art and Poetry Contest
The winners of the Unity: Art and Poetry Contest have been selected. Earlier this year participants were asked to create an art or poetry piece that reflects what unity in Arlington looks like to them. Our city is diverse and vibrant and our citizens represent a variety of rich cultures and valued experiences, we wanted to showcase these expressions of community.
This contest was generously sponsored by the Otis & Rosie Brown Foundation whose mission is to highlight extraordinary people, organizations, and corporations who utilize ordinary resources to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
The contest was open to school-age children, teens, and adults. Prizes were awarded in each category for first, second, and third place. Winning entries will be displayed in the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library lobby throughout September.
The foundation also donated $3,000 to the Library to fund a new Unity Collection, which consists of over 240 books for children, teens, and adults and highlights the black experience in America.
Our community has experienced a lot of change in the last several years that has resulted in thought-provoking questions about what unity and community mean - these books are for those of us who are not only questioning what is next for the community but also celebrating what that might mean.
We encourage you to visit the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, located at 100 S. Center St., to view the art, read the poetry and check out a few books from the new collection.
Kindergarten – Grade 2
1st prize: Mariyah Ahmed
2nd prize: Aaleyah Onimago-Ishiaka
3rd prize: Ivie Osazee
1st prize: Harper Sewell
2nd prize: Abigail Son
3rd prize: Talayeh Mathis
1st prize: Ava Darr
2nd prize: Lana Kamel
3rd prize: Tracy Pham
1st prize: Xena Duly
2nd prize: Trisha Dang
3rd prize: Maila Walker
1st prize: Linden Patterson
2nd prize: Brittany Stubblefield-Engram
3rd prize: Amy Hester