Nov 13, 2011

A Call to Local Young Artists

I’m issuing a special call to all our residents aged 6 to 12 years for little help in illustrating the 2011 edition of our Report to the Community. We’ve done this twice in the past – in 1997 and again in 2003 – and each time we haven’t been able to meet the demand for copies. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles got copies of the two children’s editions. 

I still think my favourite comment from our local kids came from a Year 2 pupil in the 1997 edition who, above clouds, a big heart and a rainbow, said she liked living in our City “because it’s my kind of City.” Parks and playgrounds, our local environment, roads and streets, public buildings, kids at play, schools and right down to fishing, our local kids depicted our City in a simple and extremely effective way – also with great splashes of colour. The theme for the 2011 edition of the annual report will be “Our City through the eyes of Our Children.”   

The artwork can depict both the good and the bad!  Aspiring artists and authors might love our zoo in the Sir JosephBanks Park, but hate the big trucks that thunder along Botany Road. There is no part of our City, its day-to-day life, its environment and its place that will be exempt from this juvenile interpretation. 

All contributions should be sent to the Mayor’s Office, P.O. Box 331 Mascot, or dropped into my office at Eastgardens next to the Central Library.  Entries close on Friday, December 3. There’s no limit on the number of entries and following the completion of the report, which is distributed to all households during the first week of February, each child who submits an item for consideration will be invited to attend a special “Thank You” function I host and where each child will receive a special certificate.

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