MLK poem, poster contest returns

  • The Jaffrey Civic Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. poster and poem contest is back. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monday, November 07, 2016 5:1PM

The Jaffrey Civic Center announces this year’s high school student contest in connection with its 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration. All Jaffrey and Rindge residents of high school age are eligible to enter an original written or performed poem on the theme “What Is Courage?” Poems do not need specifically to refer to Martin Luther King, Jr. as long as they relate to the theme of courage. Poems are submitted through a dedicated website, mlk.jaffreyciviccenter.com. The deadline is Dec. 5. Written poems will be submitted to New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel for selection of winners. Finalists in the performed poetry category will be invited to perform their poems before our panel of judges on Dec. 9.

Cash prizes of $100 for first place and $50 for second place in each category (written and performed) are offered, and winners will present their work at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 16, 2017.

All student work will be featured in a special exhibit at the Civic Center in January. Workshops in performed poetry conducted by poetry slam artist Christopher Clauss are being offered in November for students who want to learn more about this creative form or get assistance in developing a performed poetry piece.

Jaffrey and Rindge middle school students are invited to participate in a contest to create a poster. The selected poster or an image from the poster will be used to publicize the event, and the winning artist will receive a cash prize of $75. All participants will be recognized and their work exhibited at the Jaffrey Civic Center in January 2017. Posters may be prepared in any medium (pencil, paint, etc., including mixed-media) and orientation (portrait, landscape, square, etc.) and should be no larger than 12”x 20”. Name and grade should be written on the back of the poster.

Posters should relate to the theme, What Is Courage? in today’s world and/or in the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The deadline for poster entries is Dec. 2. Posters may be delivered directly to the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St. The winner will be announced on Dec. 14.