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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: One Week Left for Students to Submit Art for Neighbor Appreciation Day Contest

12/7/2007  11:30:00 AM

One Week Left for Students
to Submit Art for Neighbor Appreciation Day Contest

Winning Art Adorns Thousands of Free Cards
Available for Annual Celebration

SEATTLE - Saturday, February 9th, 2008 will mark Seattle’s fourteenth annual celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Once again, we are asking Seattle students to contribute original artwork for a contest as part of this annual event. Winners in the past have included students of all ages from all over Seattle.

This year, The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is teaming up with the Department of Neighborhoods to involve more arts and youth programs throughout Seattle to ensure greater representation of our city’s young and diverse talent.

The artwork should depict caring and active neighbors, reflecting the theme of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Some ideas from previous years show neighbors sharing meals, helping with childcare, exchanging plants, or talking over the fence. The artwork has also depicted neighbors working together on a community project, such as building a new playground, painting a mural, or beautifying school or park grounds.

Art should be submitted on 8 ½ x 11 paper. It is recommended that art be vivid in color; pieces done in water color or magic marker tend to show better, but all formats are welcome.

The winning artwork will adorn free greeting cards available at City Hall, the 13 Neighborhood Service Centers, Community Centers, and libraries throughout Seattle. The winner will also receive $100. Student artwork must be received by Friday, December 14th, 2007 at 5:00pm.

Please send entries to:

Student Art Contest
Department of Neighborhoods
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700
PO Box 94649
Seattle, 98124-4649

If you have any questions, please call Peter McGraw, Public Information Officer for the Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-615-0950, or email at

Your participation in this event makes Neighbor Appreciation Day worthwhile for everyone. I hope we can count on one of your young artists to contribute what may be the winning piece of art.

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