Teenagers in Vancouver were asked what the environment meant to them; and they were then asked to depict their answer through visual art. More than 250 students took part in the challenge, thus entering the first art show of its kind: an open-juried, province-wide art competition for hight school students.
Marc Pelech, a board member of the Arts Council of Surrey (B.C.), credited the former office of Stephanie Cadieux and current office of Ida Chong, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, for promoting the project and the vision.
“Art teachers have wished for a provincial level student art competition for years, but it never seemed to come together," he said in a written statement.
"I am delighted to see that so many schools are rallying around this opportunity."
The Vancouver Sun reported that, 'more than 53 public and private schools were represented by the entrants, and the 50 finalists, span grades 9 to 12 from 25 B.C. communities: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Campbell River, Chetwynd, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Courtenay, Delta, Langley, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Penticton, Prince George, Richmond, Salmo, Squamish, Shawnigan Lake, Surrey, Trail, Vancouver, West Vancouver and Williams Lake.
'Three winners will be announced just in time for Earth Day, at a gala on Friday at the Newton Cultural Centre.
'The top prize is $2,000, with second and third place prizes of $1,000 and $500.'
Pelech said the jurying process was done through a "blind process:" The jury panel was only provided with the artworks and descriptions.