ATLANTA — In honor of its 100th birthday in 2016, the Georgia Department of Transportation is holding a Centennial Student Art Challenge titled, “What Moves You? Imagining Tomorrow’s Transportation.”
The contest challenges students in kindergarten through 12thgrades — living in Georgia and attending public, private or home schools — to visually answer the question: What does the future of transportation in Georgia look like to you?
Art can be done by hand, digitally, photographically or a combination of these, according to the DOT. A written statement and completion of an entry form are also required.
According to a news release from the DOT, the challenge is part of a year-long celebration that explores the department’s role in getting Georgia out of the mud — from the dirt roads of 1916 to the paved roads crisscrossing the state in 1939 to today’s modern transportation system.
Karlene Barron, director of communications for the DOT, said in a statement that traveling through Georgia’s transportation past is fascinating, but it’s “also exciting to consider what may be in store for the future of transportation.”
Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 22. First and second place will be awarded in each of the four grade categories.
Winners receive their original art framed, a certificate and five sets of Centennial postcards showcasing the eight winning works of art.
For more information, go online at www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGDOT/gdotcentennial/ArtContest.
And for inspiration, young artists can view old photos, maps, publications and historical documents, as well as a decade-by-decade timeline, video interviews and oral histories at the department’s centennial webpage, www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGDOT/gdotcentennial.