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Writers En Mas: Essay Competition

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Writers En Mas: Essay Competition

Holly Bynoe

Although Junkanoo has been happening annually for hundreds of years in this country, many people – old and young – cannot explain why. They do not understand the significance of the festival’s original dates; who began the tradition of Junkanoo; and the importance of things like masks, goatskin drums or cowbells.

In light of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’ (NAGB) new exhibition, EN MAS’: Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean, the NAGB hopes to get young Bahamians thinking critically about the way Junkanoo connects with heritage and history. The NAGB is inviting high school and primary school students to participate in an essay competition on Junkanoo.

Submissions should be sent to Abby Smith at asmith@nagb.org.bs

PRIMARY STUDENTS (Grades 2-6)

TOPIC: Describe your first memory of Junkanoo

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For this competition, students are invited to write (in 300 words or less) or draw a description of their first experience of Junkanoo.

Students will be judged on:

• Vibrancy in narrative voice and/or imagery;

• Detail in description and/or imagery;

• Important elements of story telling (for essay), such as who, what, when, where and why/how;

• Grammar;

• If handwritten, neat handwriting.

Please note, for both essays and drawings, students MUST include the following:

• Name • Age • Grade • Contact information (phone and/or email address) • School.

PRIZES FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS

1st place winners receive: an NAGB kids club membership; a spot at the NAGB Mixed Media Summer Camp; unique trophy; tour of EN MAS’; gift certificate.

2nd place winners receive: an NAGB kids club membership; a spot at the NAGB Mixed Media Summer Camp; and a gift certificate.

3rd place winners receive: an NAGB kids club membership and a spot at the NAGB Mixed Media Summer Camp. All winners will be featured on social and print media and the NAGB website.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (Grades 7 -12)

TOPIC: Discuss the significance of public festivals in The Bahamas and/or abroad

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For this competition, students will be required to examine and academically analyze the significance of public festivals. They will be encouraged to think critically about the historical and cultural significance and produce an essay of 700 words or less.

Students will be judged on:

• Critical/analytical thought;

• Coherent argument;

• Essay structure;

• Grammar.

Students MUST include the following: • Name • Age • Grade • Contact information (phone and/or email address) • School.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Winners will be announced on Friday, June 10, 2016 via the NAGB’s website, www.nagb.org.bs. Winners will be contacted the following week, beginning Monday, June 13, 2016.

HIGH SCHOOL PRIZES

1st place winners receive an Art4NexGen membership; spot at the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp; a unique trophy; a tour of EN MAS’; and a $100 gift certificate.

2nd place winners receive an Art4NexGen membership; spot at the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp; and a $50 gift certificate.

3rd place winners receive an Art4NexGen membership; spot at the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp; and a $25 gift certificate.

All winners will be featured on social and print media and the NAGB website.