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Young artists encouraged to enter OCTA 2017 Pioneer trails calendar competition
Seeking artwork from elementary age children – deadline April 15, 2016
by Oregon-California Trails Association
March 14, 2016

Each year the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) produces a special western calendar based on a particular theme or topic. The calendar will be created using the original artwork of elementary students. Prizes will be awarded to each child whose artwork is selected.

The Oregon-California Trails Association is dedicated to the study, preservation, interpretation, appreciation and enjoyment of the western pioneer trails. This is one of its educational projects. The project integrates history and art. We hope that teachers will see the value of this, incorporate it into their class work and encourage their students to participate. Hopefully it will also increase their students’ interest in learning about the West, an important part of our history.

Calendar – It will run from January-December 2017.

Theme for the artwork – Emigrant and Indian – Modes of Transportation
Getting from one place to another, moving objects, and overcoming geographical features were all part of the daily life of the emigrants and Indians. Whether it was moving to a new location, visiting a friend, or carrying objects, different types of vehicles and methods of power were developed and used. Some means were unique to one group, while others were common to both, Enjoy your research.

Prizes – Each student whose artwork is selected will receive a copy of the calendar and a check for $50.00. The school which the student(s) attends will also receive one calendar. Additional copies of the calendar will also be available for purchase. Prizes will be mailed no later than September 2014.

Specifications – The artwork mustbe an original drawing/painting – not a photo or computer generated art. It must be on an 8 ˝" x 11" paper. Landscape presentation is preferred, but not mandatory. Twelve to fourteen drawings will be selected. One selection will be made for each month and two others may be used for the cover and the back
Two types of information must be on the back of the entry. The first relates to the drawing. It must identify the method, type of power, and or vehicle depicted. The second refers to the student. It must identify the student by providing all of the following: A) student’s name B) school’s name C) teacher’s name D) student’s grade E) student’s age F) school’s address and G) school’s phone number. This will enable OCTA to contact the selected students.

If you are a student who wishes to enter the contest independently of your school’s participation, please use your home information with your parents’ permission & name, but also include the name of your school or note if you are being home schooled.

Deadline – The entries for artwork are due by April 15, 2016. Judging should be completed in June. The calendar should be available by August 2016.
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Entries will not be returned and must be sent to:
OCTA-Calendar Project
Independence, MO 64051-0519
For questions/concerns call: OCTA headquarters at (816)-252-2276 or William E. Hill at (631)-585-2592

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