"Nashville Beautiful" Art Contest Winners Recognized by Mayor at Public Viewing
70 pieces of student art to be displayed on rolling museum
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Dean presented the finalists with certificates and formally congratulated the five winners, who earned prize money for their respective schools' art departments from Red River Waste Solutions.
Open to the public, the ceremony took place in front of LP Field and featured collection trucks displaying all 70 finalist entries. More than 150 people attended the public viewing, including metro students and their families, art teachers and Metro Council members.
"This contest provides the opportunity for our students to become environmental educators spreading positive and creative environmental messages to thousands of Nashvillians each week as waste collection trucks wind their way through neighborhoods acting as rolling art museums with student art work," Mayor Dean said. "Nashville is a city that embraces environmental excellence, and I am proud of these students who are helping to lead the way."
The contest, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by Red River Waste Solutions, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metropolitan Arts Commission and Nashville Arts Coalition.
The theme for this year's contest, "I am an Environmental Superhero," challenged students to be active in preserving and caring for the environment in their community. This year's grand prize winners were:
- GRAND PRIZE: Madi Risner & Tommy Zarth, Shayne Elementary School, 4th grade
- SECOND PLACE: Erica Annette Kimbrough, Chadwell Elementary School, 4th grade
- THIRD PLACE: Cora Williams, Andrew Jackson Elementary School, 4th grade
- RED RIVER AWARD OF DISTINCTION: Jonathan Cortez, Haywood Elementary School, 4th grade