Genesee Community College Hosts Two Artistic Contests

Local Community Encouraged to be Creative and Earth Conscious
Two participatory art events at Genesee Community College will encourage local community members of all ages to showcase their artistic talents as well as their awareness of education and the environment. The first event is a pre-K through 6th grade coloring contest and exhibit held in conjunction with the second annual Experience Genesee on March 26, 2009. The second event is an all-ages Earth Day Art Contest as part of Genesee’s fourth annual CoolKids Eco-Fest Celebration on April 30, 2009.

Experience Genesee Pre- K through 6th Grade Coloring Contest
The pre-K through 6th grade coloring contest and exhibit is part of Experience Genesee 2009, scheduled from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM on Thursday, March 26 at Genesee’s Batavia Campus. Every participant’s art work will be displayed at the Batavia Campus as part of the multifaceted event. With the assistance of the College’s student Art Club, three of the most outstanding entries will receive a prize. The theme of the coloring page is “Plant the Seed of Learning” and includes a graphic with a tree bearing the fruit of many educational tools and opportunities within its branches. All entries must be received at the College by 5:00 PM on March 26, and prize winners must be present to win. The official coloring page entry form is available at the following Internet address, or can be requested by regular mail by contacting the Marketing Communication Office at 585-343-0055 x 6116.

To download the Pre-K – 6th grade “Plant the Seed of Learning” Experience Genesee coloring page go to:

Earth Day Art Contest
Genesee Community College and Present Tense Bookstore are co-sponsoring the second Earth Day Art Contest to promote environmental awareness. Held in conjunction with Genesee’s fourth annual CoolKids Eco-Fest on Thursday, April 30, the Earth Day Art Contest encourages people of all ages to create original art or literature with an environmental theme.

Entries may take many forms and must be submitted in one of the following five categories:
  1. Literary Arts - poem, story, or essay
  2. Visual Arts - painting, sculpture, poster, wind chime or other creative item
  3. Children’s Art Category - for children under 12
  4. Use of Recycled Materials
  5. Multi-category for projects the combine several different categories.
Special consideration will be given to all projects that incorporate recycled materials.

The Earth Day Artwork will be displayed for several days in the Lobby Art Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College in Batavia, from April 29 through the Eco-Fest celebration and until May 1. A follow-up Artist’s Reception and exhibit for prize-winning artwork will be held at Present Tense Bookstore on Saturday, May 2.

“Both the coloring contest for Experience Genesee and the Earth Day Art Contest are great opportunities for people of all ages to be involved in their local community and engaged in events that inform, educate and even entertain,” Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Genesee’s Marketing Communications department said. “Encouraging young children to think about education as a means to a great future is just as meaningful as using recycled materials in a new creative, artistic outlet. Once again, we are trying to put the College’s middle name—“Community” into action.”

Entries for the Earth Day Art Contest must be dropped off to Genesee Community College’s MarCom Office (D110) by April 10. Each entry must include an entry form, which is available at or by going to: Contest form.pdf

For more information, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at Genesee, at 585-343-0055 x6616 or Erica Caldwell at Present Tense Bookstore at 585-815-7640.