2012 ONEIDA COUNTY YOUTH BUREAU SIDEWALK ART CONTEST
The 4th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest was held at county municipalities and youth serving agencies the week of July 9th 2012. Children in age specific categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18, had the opportunity to draw a positive scene on a single sidewalk slab with chalk donated from Wal-Mart.
This year 909 youth county-wide participated hoping to reach the finals that were held Thursday July 19th on the sidewalks that encompassed the Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor grounds in Utica. The finals competition had 110 youth compete. Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. presented medals to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age category. After the competition all 110 finalists were invited to take a “free” guided tour of Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. The number of participants county-wide and the 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 and a fantastic opportunity for our Oneida County youth to experience one of the crown jewels of Oneida County, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute,” Roth added.
Please mark your calendars for the week of July 8th-12th 2013 and plan on your municipality or agency to participate in our 5th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest. The finals will be held the following Thursday, July 18th. The event is free and the Oneida County Youth Bureau will supply the chalk for your individual competition if needed.
The Oneida County Youth Bureau looks forward to having you participate and be a part of this popular, fun-filled initiative as WE WORK TOGETHER to provide our Oneida County youth with safe, positive and innovative programming.
The Youth Bureau would like to thank Wal-Mart who has donated the sidewalk chalk every year. Also, special thanks to our judges, Danelle DePeyster, Rochelle Ferro, Natalie Lanese and Emily Leo as well as Katie Weldon, who perfectly captured the finals competition through her wonderful photographs.
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, select a department and click on the Youth Bureau.
Photos by Katie Weldon
2012 Sidewalk Art Champions:
5-7 Age Category Park/Agency
1st Place: Matt French New Hartford
2nd Place: Valerie Ford Deansboro
3rd Place: Connor Clarke Our Lady of Lourdes Summer Program
8-10 Age Category
1st Place: Erin Iles Deansboro
2nd Place: Zach Gomol Genesee Street Children’s Center
3rd Place: Fatima Maya Adrean Terrace
11-13 Age Category
1st Place: DeBlay Chivala Adrean Terrace
2nd Place: Kiara Bradford Genesee Street Children’s Center
3rd Place: Brandon Johnson Our Lady of Lourdes Summer Program
14-18 Age Category
1st Place: Tyler Oaksford Deansboro
2nd Place: Ayet Betty Thea Bowman House
3rd Place: Arbay Chivala Adrean Terrace