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2014 Nashville Beautiful Art Contest and Rolling Art Museum

Nine years ago, Red River Service Corporation, set out to develop a community program that would raise recycling awareness. The result was the Nashville Beautiful Art Contest and Rolling Art Museum. This program has continued to grow in success and popularity each year, and it is once again time for MNPS teachers, art instructors and principals to commission their most artistic students to compete in the contest.

The 2014-2-15 contest theme is “I am an Environmental Superhero!”, and encourages education about the importance of litter prevention, recycling, and energy conservation at home, at school, and in our community. Students’ art should reflect ways to keep Nashville clean and protect the environment on a daily basis. This contest is for 3rd and 4th grade students in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools System (MNPS). Each school’s top entry will be eligible to win one of three grand prices or an award of distinction. Prize money will be offered to the art departments of each grand prize winner’s school in the amount of $1500 (1st Place), $1,000 (2nd Place), $500 (3rd Place), and $250 (award of distinction).

The winning entry from each MNPS grade school will be displayed on the sides of the Red River waste collection trucks. This art will be seen by thousands of people each days as the trucks wind their way through neighborhoods on their routes. The citywide grand prize winning artwork will be on display in the Peidmont Gas Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 5th.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NashvilleBeautifulArtContest. Post photos and stories from lessons on sustainability in the classroom and of creative students hard at work on their entries!!!

Key Dates

Oct. 15: Art entries are due. If being mailed, must be received by Oct. 15; if being hand-delivered by Oct. 17
Dec. 5: Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade reveals the grand prize winner
Dec. 6: Public viewing event at LP Field
Jan.-April: Art trucks will visit schools each Monday through the spring for student events

Contest Information and Rules

Red River and Metro's Annual Nashville Beautiful Art Contest - 2012 Winners

Third and fourth graders’ artwork helps promote the importance of reducing their carbon footprint.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Nashville Public School art students from Ruby Major Elementary, Una Elementary, Dan Mills Elementary and Shayne Elementary have been named grand–prize winners of this year’s Nashville Beautiful Art Contest, sponsored by Red River Service Corporation, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metropolitan Arts Commission and Nashville Arts Coalition. More than 70 entries from 35 elementary schools were submitted for consideration.

Co–Grand Prize Winning Artwork

Co-Grand Prize Winning Artwork Kelly Castlen of Ruby Major Elementary

Co-Grand Prize Winning Artwork Marvin Guardado of Una Elementary

Selected by a panel of Metro Council and Nashville Arts Coalition members, this year’s grand prize winning art produced a first in the contest’s 7–year history: a tie for first place. The co–grand prize winners are third graders Kelly Castlen of Ruby Major Elementary and Marvin Guardado of Una Elementary. Castlen and Guardado’s art was featured in the Nashville Christmas Parade on Friday, December 7.

Edie McClure, 4th grader at Dan Mills Elementary, is the third–place winner and Emilia Toth, 4th grader at Shayne Elementary received this year’s Red River Award of Distinction. In honor of the winning students’ entries, the two grand prize winners’ school art departments will receive $1,500, while the third place and Red River Award of Distinction winners will receive $500 and $250 respectively in prize money from Red River Service Corporation.

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Contest 2012 Ceremony
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Contest 2012 Artwork

Mayor Karl Dean hosted a public viewing and award ceremony for all students, parents and teachers on Saturday, December 8, at LP Field.

All 70 qualifying contest submissions will be displayed on household waste collection trucks for the next six months as part of a citywide campaign to promote this year’s contest theme of reducing your carbon footprint. The collection trucks will be seen by thousands of Nashvillians each day as they service their routes.

The Nashville Beautiful art contest, now in its seventh year, is open to all Metro Nashville Public School third and fourth graders. Throughout the history of the contest, more than 500 entries have been received from 91 percent of MNPS elementary schools.

About Red River

Red River logoRed River Service Corporation is a waste management company headquartered in Austin, Texas, and is the largest local collector of residential waste serving more than 92,000 Nashville homes. Red River also conducts widespread commercial waste collection and recycling operations.