This year in celebration of Black History Month, Fairfield Library is hosting a Picture a Poem Illustration Showcase. The contest ties together two artistic forms, poetry and art. Children’s staff wanted to celebrate the strides made by African Americans in the arts.
Three poems were selected, and young people (ages 5-12) can submit their illustrations to be hung in the showcase at the library. The poems selected this year are: If we Forget (excerpt) by J. A. Jahannes, Allow Me to Introduce Myself by Charles R. Smith and The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes. Artists can submit their visual rendition of what their selected poems means to them. Illustrations may be in any style or medium but sculptures or 3-D works will not be accepted.
Each young person who participates will receive a ribbon and one illustrated work will receive a gift certificate for best in show. Entry forms and poems are available here. All submissions must be received by February 16, 6:00 pm. The event is sponsored by Friends of Fairfield Library.
(Post by Tomeka @ Fairfield)