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League of Women Voters holds reception for 2nd Annual GoVote Poster Contest

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A reception and month's long exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum celebrate the work of Kent County high school students
2023 GoVote Poster Contest/1st Place Entry

2023 GoVote Poster Contest/1st Place Entry //Student Artist Evalyna/LWVGGRA

Celebrate student artists!

2nd Annual GoVote Poster Contest Reception

Thursday, May 9, 6:00 PM

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Artwork unveiled, winners honored, light refreshments served.

Tour the GRAM at no cost after the program.

Open to the community. Join us!

Three Kent County high school students will make a trip to the Grand Rapids Art Museum this month to see their own artwork on display.

In January 2024, the League of Women Voters of the Greater Grand Rapids Area (LWVGGRA) invited all Kent County high school students to submit original artwork to its 2nd Annual GoVote Poster Contest. Consistent with the League's 104-year-old history as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the LWVGGRA sought entries that were unaffiliated with any political party or candidate, and that focused on the importance of using our votes to influence the direction of our democracy.

The League of Women Voters has a history of promoting informed voter participation and enhanced citizen engagement. With these goals in mind, LWVGGRA members have been active in our community, conducting voter registration drives and providing voter education opportunities. The League's focus on young and potential voters inspires this contest, fundraiser, and the ultimate LWV goal of 'Making Democracy Work.'

Engaging young voters is an important part of the work of the local League of Women Voters. By engaging voters from the time they become eligible, the League increases the likelihood that they will become lifelong voters, voting in most if not all election cycles. The League works to insure that everyone who is eligible has an opportunity to participate in the voting process.

From several inspiring entries, a panel of judges including Brett Colley (Professor of Studio Art, Grand Valley State University), Hsiao-Ping Chen (Associate Professor, Art Education and Foundations, Grand Valley State University), and James F. Horman (Architect, ProgressiveAE), selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries. Winning students will be awarded $300, $200, and $100, respectively, and their artwork will be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) from May 9 through June 9, 2024.

The community is invited to attend a reception on May 9 at 6:00 pm in the GRAM's new Education Wing. The student winners and judges will be honored, the winning artwork will be unveiled, and League members will be available to share information about the League. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a tote bag featuring the winning artwork. Museum admission is free that evening and participants are invited to explore the galleries after the program.


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