September 16, 2008

PennDOT Calls for Aspiring, Young Artists to Flex Their Creative Muscle


Contact: Erin Waters of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, +1-717-783-8800

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Young artists across the state are invited to express their creativity through PennDOT's aviation art contest. "A Day at the Airport" is the theme for this year's contest, sponsored by the Bureau of Aviation.

"We want students to recognize how important aviation is to Pennsylvania, and maybe even inspire a couple of them to look more closely at a field that employs 288,000 Pennsylvanians," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "While creating their artwork, students can also learn about aviation through class discussion, their parents, or even a visit to their local airport - but mostly, we want children to have fun while learning about aviation."

Entries will be judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades. There will be 22 statewide winners, with one winner from each division selected from each of PennDOT's 11 district offices. Winners will receive a certificate signed by the transportation secretary and a mounted, full-color, 16- by-20-inch copy of their entry. The students' schools will also receive a mounted copy of the artwork for display. Artwork should be submitted on 8.5-by-11-inch or 9-by-12-inch paper, unframed, unmatted and unlaminated. All work must be done by hand (with an exception for children with physical challenges).

Permitted formats are: acrylic, oil paint, felt-tip pens, indelible ink, soft ballpoint pens, watercolor or crayons. Formats that are not permitted include: non-permanent media such as pencil or charcoal, computer-generated artwork and collage work using photocopies.

The back of each submission should include the student's name, grade level, county, and school address and phone number. Contest flyers are available at on the "Bureau of Aviation" link). Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 14. Send entries to: Bureau of Aviation, c/o Eric Locke, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or PO Box 3457, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0064.

Winners' schools will be notified by telephone.

This fiscal year, the state will contribute $19 million in state funding for safety and efficiency upgrades at Pennsylvania airports. Pennsylvania currently has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 14 airports have scheduled commercial service.

CONTACT: Erin Waters

(717) 783-8800

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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