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Art Contest Scheduled for Hispanic Heritage Month

31 August 2004 -- Jacksonville State University's Office of Multicultural Services and Be Latino of Anniston are sponsoring an art contest in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which will be observed 15 September through 15 October. The contest is to help build cultural awareness among children aged six to sixteen and will be held in Theron Montgomery Building on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 18 September.

For the contest, the children will create art on site that illustrates Christmas in one of twenty-four Latin American countries. In order to know what to create, the children will talk to their friends and perform library and Internet research.

There will be three winners in each of three age groups: six to nine year olds, ten to twelve year olds, and thirteen to sixteen year olds. The six to nine age group will create artwork from 9 to 11 a.m., the ten to twelve year olds from noon until 2 p.m., and the thirteen to sixteen year olds from 3 to 5 p.m.

Winners will be awarded prizes and have their art featured on the cover of Christmas cards sold by the Be Latino Corp. All entries will be exhibited in the Be Latino booth at the Anniston Business Expo on 19 October. All children will receive certificates of participation and T-shirts.

Be Latino is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to help bridge the barriers of culture, language, and understanding that may exist between the English-speaking community and the growing Hispanic population in northeast Alabama.

For more information, contact JSU's Office of Multicultural Services at 782-5886 or Be Latino at 741-8713.

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