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ABOUT THE CONTEST
WHAT IS ARTSINSPIRE™?
ArtsInspire™ encapsulates the idea that whether one continues a lifelong passion or pursues a new hobby later in life, the arts inspire ageless creativity!
ArtsInspire™ is a contest that showcases the artistic talents of older Texans from not-for-profit aging services communities across the state. LeadingAge Texas receives over 200 entries every year that are judged by experts in the field such as university professors, artists, authors, etc. The judges are always impressed with the quality of work submitted and the expression displayed through various medias.
ArtsInspire™ is a core program of LeadingAge Texas—2020 will mark the contest's 30th year—and we at LeadingAge Texas believe that this project is one of the most positive tools we can utilize to highlight the positives of the aging process as it educates the public on the value of the creativity expressed by older Texans!
2020 CONTEST TIMELINE
JUNE 1 | Contest Opens for Submissions
AUG 28 | Submission Deadline
SEPT 4 - 11 | Visual Arts Initial Judging + Written Arts Placement Judging
Judges will select Visual Arts finalists and Written Arts winners. Coordinators will be contacted with results which will also be published on the LeadingAge Texas website and featured in the LeadingAge Texas Connection.
SEPT 28 | Artwork & Accompanying Materials Delivery Deadline
Coordinators of finalists will receive further information after initial judging.
OCT 1 - 2 | Visual Arts Placement Judging
Placement judging - Judges will select the Visual Arts place winners. Coordinators will be contacted within one week of the placement judging with results which will also be published on the LeadingAge Texas website and featured in the LeadingAge Texas Connection.
NOV 5 | ArtsInspire™ Reception & Awards Ceremony (at the LeadingAge National Meeting + EXPO • San Antonio)
Details to come soon.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Current residents of LeadingAge Texas' community members are eligible to participate. The submitted artwork must have been completed when the resident was at least 62 and/or while the artist/author/musician was residing in a LeadingAge Texas community.
WHO IS AN ARTSINSPIRE™ COORDINATOR?
Each participating community must have a designated ArtsInspire™ Coordinator. Coordinators, click here to access the Coordinators' Corner.
Is your community interested, but you're not yet signed up as an ArtsInspire™ Coordinator? Please sign up to be an ArtsInspire™ Coordinator or encourage your community's Activity Professional or interested colleague to do so!
WHO ARE THE JUDGES?
A group of judges including university professors, arts/crafts professionals, and musicians will judge the submissions entered in the respective categories and will select those that will be displayed at the Exhibition and presented at the Awards Ceremony.
- One entry per resident/group, per category; A single piece may NOT be entered in multiple categories.
- The piece must have been completed within the past three years.
- A single piece may NOT be submitted for two consecutive years.
- The participant must currently be a resident of a LeadingAge Texas Community.
- The submission must have been completed while the resident was at least 62; if the resident is younger than 62, he/she must have been living in a LeadingAge Texas Community at the time of completion.
artwork in any medium by a resident 95+ at time of work's completion
illustrations created using charcoals, pencil, pastel, etc.
crafted by carving, casting, modeling, or other
shaping methods, including items crafted to be
worn for personal adornment
artwork in any medium by a resident with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
reproduction of another artist's work in any medium
crafted from more than one medium
Painting: Oil and/or Acrylic (on canvas or paper)
Painting: Watercolor (on canvas or paper)
Painting: Alternative (on any surface other
than canvas/paper [china, wood, ceramic, etc.])
image captured by camera and viewed as a print
Soft Crafts: Decorative
needlework, not plain sewing (embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, etc.)
Soft Crafts: Sewing
crafted by needle & thread, or a sewing machine (quilting, sewing, etc.)
Soft Crafts: Textile
crafted by crocheting, knitting, weaving, tatting, etc.