The Links, Incorporated has partnered with Toledo School for the Arts to host their area poster contest to choose a student work for submission in the National Poster Art Competition.

Beginning in 1995, The Links, Incorporated’s National Walk-A-Thon has been hosting the National Poster Art Competition in an effort to spread awareness of health related issues. This year’s theme is Our Vision, Our Future: Healthy and Happy Communities promoting healthy and happy communities, this may include but is not limited to, healthy and clean environments, a bully-free world or an inclusive and diverse society.

Students from several different classrooms participated in this competition. The 7th grade science class of Morgan Ramsdell focused on the environment and how public actions could produce a more healthy and happy environment for animals and people. Her students combined watercolor backgrounds with hand-lettered slogans, some serious and others humorous. Leslie Watza’s arts business classes used the concept of financial health and good habits to inspire student’s artwork.

Local artists were brought in to judge the area contest at TSA and decide which works would move on to the national competition. The national competition will be held completely online. Photographs of the winning pieces were uploaded online for voting from the public, and the national judging will conclude in May. The national winners will be announced in June and winner’s artwork will be displayed at the 41st National Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 27 to July1.

The area winners from TSA are Jazlyn Hudson (7th) with the work “Butterflies Change, So Can We” and Vinnie Mugavero (12th) with the work “A Model For Others.”

A reception will be held in the Porter Gallery on May 17 from 6-9pm during the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Art Loop, featuring all the student artworks, which will stay on display through May 21.