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When art and voting meet

It won’t be mistaken for the Louvre or The Art Institute of Chicago, but once a year our Elections Division transforms itself into a gallery featuring some special and meaningful artwork.

The colored drawings recently on display in the Elections Division conference room were from the 19 finalists in the 2012 Kids’ Art Contest. Each year, our office invites fourth- and fifth-grade students to enter the contest. This year’s winning artwork will be featured in the State Voters’ Pamphlet for the 2012 General Election this fall. The 2011 Voters’ Pamphlet was distributed to about 3.5 million homes statewide in mid-October, so this year’s winning artwork will receive huge exposure.

Secretary of State Sam Reed (above) and Elections Division staffers reviewed the finalists’ drawings and voted on their favorites before Secretary Reed made the final selection. But we’re not revealing the winner just yet! The winning artist will receive a surprise visit from the Secretary at his or her school before the school year ends.

More than 700 students submitted entries. They responded to the theme “If I could vote” and completed the sentence in their art piece to convey what issues are important to them.

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Calling young artists: contest time!

kidsartAlright finger-painting geniuses and colored-pencil gurus, the Secretary of State’s Office wants your doodles and your masterpieces alike.

This year our Elections Division is holding an Art Contest for 4th and 5th graders … and the winning art will appear on the statewide Washington State Voter’s Pamphlet. That’s like a few million people checking out your work!

2010 marks the centennial of woman’s suffrage in our state, so the art should fit the theme “Women’s Votes. Women’s Voices.” Below is a real low-budget example that we just whipped up to get your creative juices flowing (yours will clearly be better). 

Get more info on entry details now … all art is due April 16!womantoon

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New civics resource: Simply Washington

1 SimplyWashingtonWant to learn more about the beautiful state of Washington?

Browse through our new online book, Simply Washington, which explains all aspects of Washington State – from profiles on key players in state government, to the basics of voting, to lessons in law creation.

We have also highlighted what makes this state so unique, like its booming tech industry, history of strong women leaders, and much more.

Simply Washington is a great civics resource for students and out-of state visitors. All of the information is in the public domain – so you can feel free to use it as you see fit! You can print it out directly from our homepage.

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Study break: From the old school

Happy Friday to all the students across Washington who have their noses back in the books! Need a real quick study break?

Here, St. Martin’s students enjoy a break from all those books – back in 1965.  Visible in the background are “Old Main” and the “Grand Staircase.” The stairs being the traditional location for the college’s commencement ceremonies.

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The Digital Archives is a great student resource, and has thousands of old photos downloadable for free. See what you can find!