WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting junior enlisted military families, will display award-winning artwork and essays from AL, CA, GA, HI, MT, NH, NJ, NC, PA, SC and VA students illustrating why they are proud of their military family.
The art and essay exhibit, sponsored by Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), will be displayed during the week of July 4th in the Russell Senate Rotunda on Capitol Hill. The winning pieces are also on display at the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport.
Each year, the ASYMCA invites children of U.S. service members to participate in the national ASYMCA Student Art and Essay contests. While promoting reading, writing and the arts, the contest also allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes.
Essay contest entries about topics related to military families are accepted from students in grades 1–12. For the art contest, K–6 grade school children from all branches of the military are invited to submit a drawing that illustrates their military family.
"The ASYMCA art contest is a great medium for children to express the many challenges they face growing up as military children and also allows them an artistic avenue to convey their admiration for their parents' service to America," said ASYMCA National Executive Director Frank Gallo, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.). "The artwork on display in our nation's capitol will serve as an excellent reminder to onlookers of the courage and sacrifice that our men and women in uniform demonstrate every day."
2010 Art Contest Winners:
Click on the students' names to view their winning artwork. (Read the press releases for more information about each student and their winning piece.)
2010 Essay Contest Winners:
Click on the students' names to view their winning essays. (Read the press releases for more information about each student and their winning piece.)