Booth Seeks Participants for Writing Through Art Literary Contest

Cartersville's Booth Western Art Museum also is partnering with the library for a cowboy poetry workshop.

Booth Western Art Museum is seeking participants for its Writing Through Art Literary Contest, an anticipated part of the Museum’s Annual Cowboy Gathering.

Now in its eighth year, the literary contest is geared toward all sixth through 12th grade students in Georgia and includes traditional cowboy poetry, narrative poetry and short stories, according to the release.

"In years past, this event has been coordinated by the late Doc Stovall, Entertainment [and] Sponsorship Manager for Booth Western Art Museum and Georgia’s Official Cowboy Balladeer," Marketing Director Tom Shinall said in an email. "Since his passing this past March, the museum is continuing his legacy through the Writing Through Art Literary Contest."

It's divided into two age divisions—one for students in 6th through 8th grades and another for 9th through 12th grades—and offers students an opportunity to enrich their writing skills while complimenting the Georgia Performance Standards for Language Arts.

Working cowboy poets read through all of the entries and select the top narrative and cowboy poems in each age division. Short stories are judged by a respected journalist and certified Language Arts teacher.

Bankers Fidelity Insurance Company is providing cash prizes totaling $2,700 to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each age division and category at the museum’s Annual Cowboy Gathering on March 9. 

Throughout the school year, the Booth’s education department offers the Writing Through Art program at the museum to teach students how to relate art and literature. Students discover how to use works of art as inspiration for writing Cowboy poetry, narrative poetry and short stories while being led by experienced docents. Participants analyze paintings, discuss literature concepts, and complete targeted writing activities, and are encouraged to enter the literary competition.

New this year, the Booth’s education department is partnering with the Bartow County Library System’s Cartersville Public Library for a cowboy poetry writing workshop on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

"One of our goals at the public library is to inspire our local youth and broaden their horizons through literature and art," Thomas Shalin, Youth Services Coordinator for the Bartow Country Library System said in the release. "What better way to do that though than to collaborate with the Booth to promote artistic expression though poetry and through the lens of American history."

The workshop is free to students in grades six through 12. To register, contact Booth Museum Director of Education Lisa Wheeler at 770-387-2490 or LisaW@boothmuseum.org. For more information on the Writing Through Art Literary Contest visit www.boothmuseum.org/educators/writing-through-art/.

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