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November 30, 2005

Illinois Arts Education Poster Contest

This March 13 – 19, 2006, is designated Illinois Arts Education Week in cooperation with the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Governor’s office. Illinois K-12 students will be allowed to submit artwork celebrating the theme of “Creating Understanding through the Arts” for the 24th Annual Illinois Arts Education Week.

Each year an Illinois student’s artwork is featured on the front of the poster for Illinois Arts Education Week. ISBE produces the poster to promote the week and to reinforce the importance of arts in the growth and development of students.

In 1997, Illinois became one of the first states to adopt learning standards. Those standards – what students know and be able to do - include fine arts and English language arts. With adoption of the standards, Illinois and the State Board of Education endorsed arts in our schools as one of seven learning areas that include math, science, social science, physical development, health and foreign languages. Arts education includes dance, drama, music and visual arts for students from kindergarten through grade 12.

To see last year’s Illinois Arts Education Poster Contest winner, please click this link

The artwork considered for the 2006 Illinois Arts Education Week poster must meet the following criteria:

  • Artist must be an Illinois student, grade K-12 (public or private)
  • Any 2-D media accepted but no photography.
  • No limit on colors
  • Prefer 12x18 or smaller
  • On the back of entry student should include name, age, grade, teacher, school, home address and telephone number.
  • Attach Authorization for Use of Artwork form to back of entry (see sample below). It must be signed and dated by either parent or guardian.
  • Artwork will be accepted through Tuesday, December 13, 2005*
  • Theme for this year is “Creating Understanding through the Arts”
  • It is not necessary to write the theme on the artwork. Only the illustration is necessary.

Art teachers:

  • Please enclose a pre-addressed return label OR a 3”x5” index card that can be affixed to a return envelope. For schools that have multiple entries, please place the number of entries in the upper right hand corner of pre-addressed label/card.
  • Please include your e-mail address and/or phone number where you can be reached.

*Please send entries to:

Illinois Art Education Week Poster Contest
Illinois State Board of Education
Curriculum & Instruction Division, C-215
100 North First Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

Any questions/concerns please call 217/557-7323 or e-mail:

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777