California lawmakers announce essay and visual arts scholarships to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide, state senator Anthony J. Portantino announces

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Scholarship competition to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide

February 12, 2022 – The Armenian Legislative Caucus of California is holding two scholarship competitions for the 2022 Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California High School students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary.

All winners will be contacted directly and announced to mainstream and Armenian media by the Armenian Legislative Caucus of California on April 15, 2022. All winners will receive scholarships and be recognized at the Armenian Legislative Caucus of California’s annual Armenian Advocacy Day and will receive special recognition. members of the Armenian Caucus. Original artwork will be requested from visual arts applicants if they are selected as finalists for a possible exhibition at the California State Capitol.

The criteria for each competition are detailed below. Students can participate in both competitions, but submissions must be submitted separately.

Trial Scholarships:

First place: $1,000

Second place: $750

Third place: $500

Visual Arts Scholarships:

First place: $1,000

Second place: $750

Third place: $500

The deadline for all essay and visual arts submissions is April 8, 2022. For questions or more information, please contact Ryan Ahari by email at: [email protected]

Editorial prompt:

This year’s writing prompt invites students to assume that:

  1. They were hired to work for a yet to be built Armenian American National Museum, with the museum to be located in Glendale, California.
  2. They learned from the museum director that one wing of the museum will be titled Notable Armenian Americans.
  3. They communicate to the director, in the form of an internal note, the name of a person who must appear in this wing of the museum and the reason or reasons why this name must appear there.

The internal student memo should be written using the template below and accompanying instructions:

Internal memo

Exhibition offered at the museum

To: Director

Armenian American National Museum

From: [Your Full Name]

[School Name] / [Grade]

Subject: An American notable of Armenian origin

Recommendation for the proposed exhibition at the museum

Dated: [Insert Date]

_______________________________________________________________________

NAME OF RECOMMENDED PERSON

(Insert here the name of the person you are recommending. Yes, this can be a relative or someone you know. It can also be someone you have only recently heard of.)

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (100 words max)

(Insert here a brief description of the life of the person you are recommending.)

FOCUSED SKETCH (500 words max)

(Insert here what you would like to see clearly presented in the exhibit about the person you are recommending. This is your chance to go into details about that person, answering the question: What makes this Armenian American so remarkable?)

PERSONAL CONNECTION (100 words max)

(Insert here what made you want to recommend this person? Are you related to this person? Has he accomplished something that you also want to accomplish? Does this person have a personal story that you relate to? somehow connect? Share something about yourself that helps the visitor to the museum exhibit better understand why you recommended that person be featured in the exhibit.)

TAKE AWAY (50 words max)

(Insert a thought or question here that you want the audience to have in mind after encountering your proposed part of the exhibition. In other words, what do you want the audience to think when they discover the person you recommend?)

MISCELLANEOUS (50 words maximum)

(Insert here anything you would like to add. This may include photos, drawings, graphics, book excerpts, etc., but no links to video and/or audio clips or web pages.)

All submissions must be received by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus electronically no later than April 8, 2022 using this submission form. Any submission sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

At the top of your internal memo, please include your name, age, address, high school, and class, and your teacher’s name, email, and subject.

Visual arts criteria:

This year’s theme is “Human Interaction”. All applicants should develop their submission based on this theme.

  1. Personal statement (300-500 words) explaining the artwork and how it relates to the theme of human interaction. In the top left corner, the applicant should include: name, age, primary address, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject (if applicable), phone number and address. email address (this information will not count towards the total word count).
  2. Only two-dimensional visual art submissions will be accepted. Submission types are limited to drawings, paintings, photographs, digital illustrations and graphic design.
  3. Submissions cannot exceed an 11×17 frame and must weigh less than 25 pounds.
  4. Submissions may not include nudity, excessive and/or graphic violence, racial slurs, derogatory and/or offensive language, profanity, and may not use or reproduce existing artwork. All submissions must be original works created by the entrant.

Content of the submission

  1. The subject of the e-mail, as well as the titles of the attached document, must be formatted as follows: “CALC – Name of student – Title of piece” (for example CALC – William Saroyan – The time of your life).
  2. Submissions must include the personal statement and meet the listed criteria.
  3. Submissions must include a high definition photograph of the artwork, be sure to take a close-up photo with enough lighting for reviewers to see the details of the artwork. It is acceptable to submit up to five photos. Be aware of the lighting in the room and provide different angles to showcase the depth of the artwork.
  4. Submissions should include a recent, high-definition, publishable photograph of the nominee (e.g., cap and gown photos, professional headshots, or quality photography/close-ups of the nominee).

All submissions must be received by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus electronically no later than April 8, 2022 using this submission form. Any submission sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

At the top of your personal statement, please include your name, age, address, high school, and class, and your teacher’s name, email, and subject.

For the historical context of the two competitions:

Websites

http://www.Armenian-Genocide.org

Home

Articles

New York Times – “Allies Punish Murdering Turks,” May 24, 1915

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9C03E6DB1338E633A25757C2A9639C946496D6CF

New York Times – “Armenians Dying in Prison Camps” August 21, 1916

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9800EED91E3FE233A25752C2A96E9C946796D6CF
Source: Senator Anthony J. Portantino

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