2013 ONEIDA COUNTY YOUTH BUREAU SIDEWALK ART CONTEST

The 5th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest was held at Oneida County municipalities and youth serving agencies the week of July 8th 2013. Children in age specific categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 had the opportunity to draw a positive image on a single sidewalk slab with chalk donated from Walmart and Target.

This year 966 youth county-wide participated hoping to reach the finals that were held Thursday July 18th on the sidewalks that encompassed Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor on State Street in Utica. The finals competition had 115 youth compete. Medals were presented to the top three (3) finishers in each age category. Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor (Pratt MWP), our gracious host, gave each participant a Pratt MWP poster and presented the gold medal winners with a Pratt MWP tote that was designed by their alumni and $50 scholarships towards one of their Kids/Teen Community Arts Education classes. After the competition all 115 finalists were treated to a “free” tour of Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. The number of participants county-wide and number of finalists has increased every year!

“This event, where you walk into with a smile on your face and walk away with an even bigger smile on your face continues to grow,” Oneida County Youth Bureau Director Bob Roth said. “I’m always amazed at the children’s artistic abilities, their imagination and their creativity. It’s a fun event made possible by our fantastic partners; Walmart, Target, Pratt MWP and Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. It also gives our Oneida County youth an opportunity to experience one of the crown jewels in Oneida County, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute,” Roth added.

The Youth Bureau would like to extend a special thank you to our judges, Danelle DePeyster, Emily Leo, Rochelle Ferro, Christina Reginelli and our wonderful photographer, Katie Weldon.

Please mark your calendars for the week of July 7th through July 11th, 2014 and plan on having your agency, city, town or village participate in our 6th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest. The finals will be held the following Thursday, July 17th. The event is free.

   

The Oneida County Youth Bureau looks forward to having your youth participate and be a part of this popular, fun-filled event as WE WORK TOGETHER to provide all our Oneida County youth with safe, positive and innovative programs.

For more information on Sidewalk Art or any of our other initiatives, please contact the Youth Bureau at 798-5027 or visit our website, www.ocgov.net/youth .

Photos submitted by Katie Weldon

2013 Sidewalk Art Champions

5-7 Age Category Park/Agency
   
1st Place: Delia Memmer Deansboro
2nd Place: Jada Delril Tree House After School Program
3rd Place: Ramon Colon Kids Oneida
   
8-10 Age Category  
   
1st Place: Erin Iles Deansboro
2nd Place: Olivia Nolan Our Lady of Lourdes
3rd Place: Ramiz Brown Thea Bowman House
   
11-13 Age Category  
   
1st Place: Jasbin Daniels Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency
2nd Place: Christian Rodriguez Genesee Street Day Care
3rd Place: Kasidy Rogers Lee Center
   
14-18 Age Category  
   
1st Place: Luke Leonard Paris Town Park
2nd Place: Snow Steel Thea Bowman House
3rd Place: Ceara Frisenda Upstate Cerebral Palsy