Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grade are invited to participate in the 27th annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All entries must be postmarked by April 1.


Students in two categories, one for fifth- and sixth-grade students and one for seventh- and eighth-grade students, can enter an artwork or essay based on a historic Arkansas property that is at least 50 years old. The work should focus on how those properties reflect Arkansas history or why it is important to preserve the state’s historic places, according to a news release.


First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a trophy and winners in the art division will have their artwork framed, while those awarded honorable mention will receive ribbons. All participants will receive a certificate. Winning entries will be displayed at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock throughout May, Arkansas Heritage Month.


For more information or an entry form, write AHPP Art and Essay Invitational, 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR ,72201, call 501-324-9786, email to amy.milliken@arkansas.gov, or download the form at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Learn-More/preserve-our-past-contest. Please include a name and mailing address on any phone or e-mail messages.


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives, according to the news release.