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Launching Leaders in the Arts Awards Program


---Sponsored by the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW)


---The awards are based on competitions in Visual Arts, Letters (Writing) and Music.


---The competitions are open only to SENIORS (females and males) in all public high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


---Awards range from $1,250 to $2,000!


---The purpose of the awards is to encourage self-expression, creativity and foster further interest or education in the arts.


---In addition to receiving an award, winning students will perform, read or exhibit their winning entries at the Awards luncheon held at Bird Key Yacht Club on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 11:30 AM. Guests are also welcome to attend with a lunch purchase.


---Additional opportunities will be afforded to the winners to display their artwork, have their writings in print, and participate in musical performances as we help to “launch” our student’s future in the arts.


ART:  Paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, ink, graphics, stained glass, sculpture, ceramics, etching, lithographs, jewelry, digital art, photography, digitally enhanced photography, and graphite/colored pencil.  Entries will be judged at a place and date to be determined.  The rules for Art entries and judging criteria can be found here.


LETTERS:  Fiction, non-fiction or poetry not to exceed 1,500 words. The rubrics used for scoring can be found here.

MUSIC:  Original student musical composition. The guidelines for music can be found here. 

All entries are due Sunday, March 3rd, 2024.

Award winners will be contacted the week of March 15, 2024.

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