The theme of the contest is “Leadership is an Art.”
Students from kindergarten through high school can let their
imaginations run wild to come up with posters – by portraying famous
leaders as artists, for instance.
Eighteen top designs will be displayed at the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum throughout 2020, and a single winner
will be used as a poster sent to all schools during Illinois Arts
Education Week, March 16-22.
Artwork may be submitted now through Dec. 2. The winners will be
announced, and will go on display in the presidential museum, on
Feb. 12. That is Lincoln’s birthday and a free-admission day at the
The winner will also be recognized at an ISBE Board meeting, a
framed copy will hang in the Board office, and the winner will be
recognized at the fall 2020 conference of the Illinois Art Education
“Art and leadership go hand in hand,” said Melissa Coultas, acting
executive director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum. “Art teaches creative ways of looking at the world and of
solving problems that leaders face, while great works of art can
inspire people to appreciate moments of true leadership.”
Submissions must be 14 inches high by 11 inches wide
in portrait orientation (that is, taller than it is wide). They
cannot feature copyrighted characters such as Batman. More details
are available at bit.ly/ALPLMart2020.
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“Art supports students in thinking outside of the box, learning
about history and the world around them, and expressing themselves,” said State
Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “These skills are necessary for
effective leadership, which is this year’s contest theme. I am honored to have
this opportunity to celebrate Illinois’ young artists and leaders.”
The contest, presented in cooperation with the Illinois Art Education
Association, is open for students from kindergarten through high school. Entries
do not have to be submitted via schools; youth groups, home-educated children or
anyone else can participate. Winners and honorable mentions will be selected in
three categories: Grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, at 212 N. Sixth St. in
Springfield, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president
through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as millions of other items pertaining to
Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching
special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.
For more information, visit
[Illinois State Board of Education &
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