SPA Accepting Entries for 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), bringing the world's best to Houston, is seeking entries for its 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest, sponsored by Wells Fargo. This Visual Art Contest offers all kindergarten through 12th grade students in the greater Houston area and beyond a chance to showcase their talents and win prizes, while learning more about the performing arts. The deadline for all entries is Friday, March 22, 2013.

Titled The Spirit of Cultural Celebration, this year's Visual Art Contest is inspired by SPA's presentation of the internationally renowned, Mexican-born singer and composer Lila Downs, on Friday, April 5, and is at the heart of "días de los niños del mundo," a season-long celebration of Houston youth and Latino culture. Lila Downs' music is inspired by her cultural roots. Through her music, the singer expresses her cultural identity and heritage. Students submitting entries should look within their own heritage to express and celebrate their cultural roots through the visual arts.

All submitted artwork will be judged on creativity, skill and interpretation of the theme The Spirit of Cultural Celebration. Works on paper, including photography, are permitted with a maximum size of 16 in. x 20 in. Entries may be matted or un-matted. SPA requires one entry per student and one artist per entry. Students may submit artwork themselves or teachers may submit students' artwork on their behalf. Please include the following information on the back of the artwork: title of work, student's name, grade, address, telephone number and e-mail, as well as the school name and address, teacher's name, telephone number and e-mail.

Visual Art Contest entries may be delivered in person or mailed to Society for the Performing Arts; Attention: Education Department; Jesse H. Jones Hall; 615 Louisiana St.; Suite 100; Houston, TX 77002.

Winners will be notified by SPA the week of March 25. Awards will include a range of scholarships, art supplies and performance tickets provided by SPA.

For more information regarding SPA's 15th Annual Student Visual Art Contest sponsored by Wells Fargo, visit or call 713-632-8112.

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