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OJC Press Release ID: 2987


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

64th Otero Arts Festival Announces Categories and Dates

 

The 64th Otero Arts Festival is pleased to announce the 2020 contest categories and dates. The annual festival dates have changed with the public viewing of the visual arts and creative writing being held from Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 on the Otero Junior College campus. Area students in grades 7-12 will be able to compete in several categories: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music and Theatrical Contests. Ribbons will be awarded at each level of the competition with OJC Scholarships being awarded to the top senior (grade 12 graduating high school senior) competitor in each category.

The change in dates for this year’s festival hopes to eliminate the scheduling conflict students and teachers experience with spring school sports and activities. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, the visual arts, musicians and theatrical performances by middle and high school students from throughout southeast Colorado. The Otero Arts Festival invites area students, grades 7-12, to share what inspires them to make their imagination come to life in either their creative writings, visual arts, music or through the theatrical competition. All students are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in art, band or drama at their schools to enter. Students may enter all contests independently.

Debbie Phillips, coordinator of the Otero Arts Festival, anticipates about 30 area schools will have students participate in the 64th annual event. “Each year we see entries from many exceptionally talented students. They are supported in their work by teachers, parents and community members who are involved in helping them develop their talents,” said Phillips.

The 64th Otero Arts Festival Competitions this year, including deadlines are:

Creative Writing, submission deadline Friday, March 6, 2020. Students grades 7-12 can enter one writing in each category; Poetry, Essay and Short Story. Students 9-12 can enter the Creative Book contest. Creative Writing Senior Portfolios compete for the Writing Scholarship. All Creative Writing Entries MUST be submitted with a completed entry form this year which is available on the website. Entries are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries to Macdonald Hall Room 110 by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Complete creative writing guidelines and information is available at: http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx.

Visual Arts, entry submission and hanging Friday, March 27, 2020. Students’ grades 7-12 can enter up to 6 artworks each in a variety of mediums. Visual Arts Senior Portfolios compete for scholarships, the online registration deadline Friday, March 13, 2020. All forms are available on the website. All student artists are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in art at their schools.

Theatrical Competition, online registration deadline Wednesday, March 25, 2020 consisting of Monologue and Group Short Scenes categories. Contest to be held on Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre. All students interested in drama and theater are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in drama at their schools. OJC Scholarship being awarded to the top senior actor (grade 12 graduating high school senior). Refer to the website for detailed contest rules and guidelines.

Instrumental Music Competition, online registration deadline Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Solo and Small Ensembles (3-5 members) categories. Contest to be held on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre. Refer to the website for detailed contest rules and guidelines. The 2020 Instrumental Music Contest provides an opportunity for young musicians to demonstrate their musical talent and love for music. The Music Contest is open to Middle School students grades 7 & 8 (Junior Division) and High School students grades 9-12 (Senior Division). All students interested in music are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in band at their schools. The contestant is responsible for an accompanist if needed and the arts festival will provide a piano.

Online registrations open March 1, 2020 for Visual Arts Senior Portfolios, Music Contest and the Theatrical Competitions.

Parents, teachers, and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the Music and Theatrical competitions and visit the Visual Art and Creative Writing exhibit which will be held Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the McDivitt Center Gymnasium.

The Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event for student’s grades 7-12 that is continuing to be sponsored by a college, Otero Junior College. Complete guidelines and information about the competitions are available at: http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx. The full list of the Schedule of Events for this year’s festival is available on the website.

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The 64th Otero Arts Festival is scheduled to open to the public on March 31. Pictured are students reviewing creative writing entries at last year’s event.







 

 

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