North Central Illinois ARTworks has announced its 2014 Talent Search and SHINE Gala. The goal of these events is to raise community awareness of the importance of arts education and to provide recognition to outstanding student artists and art educators.
The SHINE Talent Search is a video competition open to students in three age divisions: Junior high, high school and young artist to 21 years old. Entries will be accepted in five categories: Dance, visual arts, theater/acting, instrumental music and vocal music. The 15 student artists who are selected for the 2014 SHINE honors will be presented at the SHINE Gala at Senica’s Oak Ridge on June 5.
Entry forms, rules and judging guidelines are available on the NCI ARTwork’s website, www.nciartworks.com. Entrants must reside in LaSalle, Bureau or Putnam counties or be the student of an arts educator in one of these counties. The entry process includes completing an entry form and creating and entering a video. Entries will be judged by professionals and educators in the category in which the entry is submitted. Students may look at the judging criteria, which are posted for every category on the website. All entry materials must be postmarked and uploaded no later than April 15.
The SHINE Gala will be open to the public. Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door. The cost includes food, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check payable to NCI ARTworks with name and address of purchaser to P.O. Box 1251, LaSalle, IL 61301. All 15 SHINE honorees will perform and present their work. They will each receive a $100 award.