GENESEO, N.Y., June 23, 2023 – In an effort to bolster civic education and educate communities on the role of county government, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is launching the 2023 “I Love My County Because…” art contest.
The program is sponsored by Americans for the Arts, one of the nation’s largest arts advocacy and research organizations.
NACo and county leaders are spreading the word about county roles and responsibilities, which are often unknown or misunderstood. By inviting children and young adults K-12 to create artwork for the 2024 “Counties Matter” calendar, NACo and Livingston County hope to raise awareness about programs and services that impact people’s lives every day.
To be eligible, students, who are in grades K through 12, must live in the United States and any artwork submitted must have been created in 2023. All submissions will be judged based on technical skill and creativity. Additionally, artists must provide a statement that explains how counties matter or complete the sentence “I love my county because…”
Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on September 29th, 2023 and should be in PDF or JPEG format. To submit your artwork, please upload your design to the I Love My County Because Art Contest through the National Association of Counties’ website.
Livingston County has a long-standing history of supporting the importance of art and culture in society. Last summer, the Office of Economic Development hosted the first-ever county-wide mural festival in New York State. Artists from throughout the world converged on Livingston County to paint large-scale murals in each of the County’s nine villages.
Additionally, the County provides financial backing to local libraries, supports the creation of festivals, concerts, recreational events and helps to promote other important social endeavors throughout the year.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.