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Design official logo of Michigan’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

The Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL) announced a contest Mondya geared toward creative and history-minded students in 7th through 12th grades: the challenge of designing a logo for the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

In cooperation with the Michigan Art Education Association, the Michigan Council for History Education and the Wayne RESA, the commission offers this terrific opportunity for the winning student’s work to create the visual trademark for the commission—a look that will be carried through on all Web and print branding and promotional efforts.

“For three critical years from 1812 to 1815, the Michigan territory was on the front line of a clash among the United States, Great Britain and the Native American nations of the region,” said Department of History, Arts and Libraries Acting Director Mark Hoffman. “It was a defining time for our state, and through this contest we’re confident that students will be able to generate ideas that capture the importance and spirit of a remarkable chapter in Michigan history.”

The logo contest is open to any student in 7th through 12th grade, enrolled in a public, private or home school program in the state of Michigan. A maximum of two entries will be accepted from each student, and all entries must be submitted by Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.  Full contest/design guidelines and an entry form are available at http://socialstudies.resa.net or http://www.michiganhistoryed.org (under the Workshops and Special Events tab).

“We encourage art teachers throughout the state and anyone who instructs young people in the concepts of art and design to share news of this contest with their students,” said Kimberly Cairy, president of the Michigan Art Education Association.

In addition to having his or her design selected as the commission’s official logo, the first-place winner will receive a $100 award and four tickets for a Lake Michigan cruise on the sloop Friends Good Will, based at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven.

Up to three additional entrants will be selected for $25 honorable mention awards.  All participants will be notified of selections no later than Jan. 18, 2010.  The logo winner, finalists and teachers will be invited to attend the War of 1812 Bicentennial Awards presentation ceremony on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing.

For more information about the War of 1812 Bicentennial Logo Contest, contact David Hales, Wayne RESA social studies consultant, at halesd@resa.net.

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