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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Congressional Arts Caucus and the Congressional Art Competition: History and Current Practice

Jerry W. Mansfield
Information Research Specialist

Sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus, and known in recent years as “An Artistic Discovery,” the Congressional Art Competition is open to high school students nationwide. Begun in 1982, the competition, based in congressional districts, provides the opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since its inception, more than 650,000 high school students nationwide have been involved in the program.

Each year, the art of one student per participating congressional district is selected to represent the district. The culmination of the competition is the year-long display of winning artwork in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel as well as on the House of Representatives’ website.

This report provides a brief history of the Congressional Arts Caucus and the Congressional Art Competition. It also provides background to sponsorship and support for the caucus and the annual competition. The report includes copies of the original correspondence establishing the competition, a sample competition announcement, sample guidelines and required forms for the competition, and a chronological list of congressional co-chairs.

Date of Report: March 4, 2013
Number of Pages: 23
Order Number: R42487
Price: $29.95

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