AMERICAN GIRL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE ELEVATE THE ARTS SCHOOL GRANT CONTEST

Thirteen Schools Receive Grants Totaling $45,000 For Their Art Programs

Middleton, WI (October 1, 2013) - American Girl is proud to announce the winners of its Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest. The 13 winners were selected from hundreds of entries submitted by elementary schools across the country. The grant contest, sponsored by American Girl, in partnership with Americans for the Arts, was inspired by American Girl's 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige, an imaginative and spirited girl who turns her passions into action to save the arts at her school. The winning elementary schools are:

  • $10,000 Grand Prize Winner: Kerr Vance Academy, Henderson, North Carolina
  • $5,000 Second Place Winner-Columbia Elementary School, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • $5,000 Third Place Winner-Conant Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • $2,500 Runner-Up Winners

  • Dutton Christian School, Caledonia, Michigan
  • Patton Elementary School, Austin, Texas
  • Pike Christian Academy, Waverly, Ohio
  • Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Largo, Florida
  • St. Maria Goretti School, Madison, Wisconsin
  • St. Mary of the Lake School, Chicago, Illinois
  • St. Stephen's Academy, Beaverton, Oregon
  • West Hollywood Elementary, West Hollywood, California
  • West Lauderdale Elementary, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Willow Springs Elementary School, Willow Springs, North Carolina

The grants contest, which ran from January 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013, asked elementary art teachers and their students to creatively illustrate, both visually and verbally, the importance of having art in their schools. Each entrant was required to submit a 500-word essay conveying why art matters, along with an artwork piece that incorporated a hot-air balloon in some way to tie to Saige's story. A judging panel comprised of representatives from American Girl and Americans for the Arts selected the top 13 winners on the basis of three criteria: effort, artistic merit, and effective expression of the theme.

To read more about the contest and see the top three prize winners' artwork pieces and a list of the other winners, visit americangirl.com/girloftheyear.

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About Americans for the Arts

For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has led the national effort to ensure that every American has an opportunity to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Championing the cause of the arts and arts education in communities across the country, the organization dedicates itself each year to providing programs that help foster an environment in which the arts can thrive and contribute to the creation of more livable communities; generate more resources to support arts and arts education; and build individual appreciation of the value of the arts. From their offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, they proudly serve more than 150,000 members and stakeholders annually. Learn more at www.artsusa.org or by calling (202) 371-2830.