Calling All Young Artists: Deadline Approaching for Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Contest

The Cherokee Phoenix invites young artists to showcase their talent and creativity in the newspaper’s fifth annual Student Art Contest. With the deadline fast approaching on March 29, first through eighth-grade students have the opportunity to participate by drawing their interpretations of the Cherokee Phoenix logo.

Executive Editor Tyler Thomas emphasized the significance of the art contest, stating, “This art contest was established as a way to both introduce students to our historic newspaper and give them an opportunity to showcase their artistic ability.” He encouraged participants and their families to delve into the newspaper’s rich history and understand its founding principles.

The Cherokee Phoenix staff will handpick one winner from each grade level. Each grade winner will be awarded a Cherokee Phoenix T-shirt and their design will be prominently displayed for public voting.

The grand prize winner, determined by public vote from April 15-30, will receive a $100 gift card and their artwork will be featured on special edition promotional items at the 2024 Cherokee National Holiday.

Entries for the contest must be original hand-drawn artwork. Tracing, photography, or computer-generated designs will not be accepted. Participants are limited to one submission each and must complete a waiver including their name, grade, school, and a parent or guardian’s signature to enter. The contest is open to all Cherokee Nation citizens from first through eighth grade, with no residential requirements.

This annual art contest not only celebrates the artistic talents of Cherokee youth but also fosters a deeper connection to the Cherokee Phoenix and its legacy within the community. By showcasing their interpretations of the newspaper’s logo, young artists contribute to the ongoing narrative of Cherokee history and culture.

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As the deadline approaches, young artists are encouraged to unleash their creativity and submit their entries for a chance to be recognized and celebrated by the Cherokee Phoenix and the wider community. With each stroke of the pen or brush, they have the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on Cherokee heritage and inspire future generations of artists.

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