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Student art will be on display at Republican convention in Tampa



rnc.jpgHave an artsy student who's also got a patriotic streak?  Local students who have an artistic flair will get a chance to display their work to thousands of visitors attending this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. 

The 2012 Republican National Convention is now accepting entries for its “Elephants on Parade” art competition.  The competition is open to middle and high school students throughout the Tampa Bay area.  Participants must submit a project that answers the question: What does being an American mean to me?

 All qualifying works of art will be displayed in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, which will host the convention Aug. 27-30. The top five finalists will also receive a private tour of the Times Forum and the Tampa Convention Center, where an expected 15,000 credentialed media will be based for the convention.

The first-place recipient will get a pair of tickets to the Republican presidential nominee’s acceptance speech, something they can tell their kids about one day.  Their winning entry also will be displayed in the nominee’s private suite in the Times Forum.

“This art competition is a way to involve and embrace the young artists in our community,” said convention CEO William Harris.

Entry packets for the “Elephants on Parade’’ competition will be sent to some 250 middle and high schools throughout the Tampa Bay area. Details about the competition, which has a July 6 submission deadline, also are available on the convention website,

Entries must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

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