Bessie Smith Cultural Center art contest

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Students of all ages are showing off their artistic skills.

Hamilton County students from Kindergarten through 12th grade took part in the annual art contest sponsored by the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Paula Wilkes is the President of the Center.

“We have had this contest for, this will be our third year for ‘K’ through 12th grade, Hamilton County schools. And we have had a lot of talented artists entered in this competition. So tonight they’re all at work is being displayed. They are getting to come in and see who the first, second, and third place winners are from their grade.”

Wilkes say this year’s topic for the art contest was blues singer Bessie Smith, and Ninth Street in Chattanooga.

“Some of the kids have listened to Bessie Smith’s music before they created their art. I know some of the first-graders and kindergartners listen to ‘Backwater Blues.’ So it just educates them on Bessie Smith and Ninth Street and then let’s them show their talent.”

Through their art work, organizers want the students to realize there are endless possibilities for the future.

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