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Linda Sánchez Kicks Off Annual Congressional Arts Competition for 38th District High School Students (Mar. 15, 2013)

March 15, 2013
Press Release

Congresswoman Announces Inaugural “Fan Favorite” Contest


Washington, DC – Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) is pleased to announce the start of her annual Congressional Arts Competition for high school students, also known as “An Artistic Discovery.” Congresswoman Sánchez is also announcing her first ever “Fan Favorite” art contest, in which the public will be able to vote for their favorite piece from the Congressional Arts Competition.


“I look forward to this competition every year because it gives me the opportunity to see how talented and creative our students are,” said Congresswoman Sánchez.  “This competition is an excellent reminder of the importance of art in education. For a brighter world of expression, we owe it to our students to recognize and nurture their artistic gifts.”


The theme for the art competition is “The Magic of a Moment.” Students are encouraged to express an idea about creating a magical moment or express how they savored a magical moment that unfolded on its own. A panel of local art experts will review all entries and select category winners. Artists may create a piece specifically for the competition or submit a previously created work. The overall winner and one adult from their family will be flown for free to Washington, DC for a reception and ceremony with overall winners from around the nation. The winning artwork will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.


For the first time, the public will have the chance to vote online for their favorite piece of artwork from the Congressional Arts Competition. The artwork receiving the most Fan Favorite votes will be displayed in a city facility in the winner’s home city. Voting for the “Fan Favorite” will take place on Congresswoman Sánchez’ website from April 19 to May 3.


Congresswoman Sánchez will host a Congressional Arts Competition reception in the district in May.  Student artists who submitted an entry will have their art on display to be viewed and recognized by the public.  Category winners and overall winner will be announced and recognized for their achievements at this reception. 


Submissions must be from the 38th Congressional District of California to participate.  Students from other congressional districts are strongly encouraged to contact their individual Member of Congress for information on his or her art competition.  To locate a Member of Congress, please visit   Students can visit  or contact their High School Art Department for more information.  The deadline to submit artwork to Congresswoman Sánchez’ district office in Cerritos is Friday, April 12, 2013 by 5:00pm PT.