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Marysville celebrates diversity with art contest


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What does diversity mean to you? Break out the watercolors, crayons and charcoal to share your vision of Marysville’s unique blend of cultures, abilities and traditions, and maybe you’ll win a prize.

The Marysville Diversity Advisory Committee and Marysville Arts Coalition have joined together to organize a diversity art contest. The contest is the first activity planned as part of the city’s first annual multicultural festival, set for Sept. 28 in Comeford Park.

The festival is envisioned as an open-air celebration of the unique cultures that thrive in Marysville, and will feature art, music, dance and food that represent the community’s various populations.

The art contest is open to all youth and adults in the Marysville and Tulalip areas. One entry is allotted per person and is restricted to traditional two-dimensional artwork.

The contest is divided into five age-appropriate divisions: preschool to second grade, third to fifth grade, 6th to 8th grade, 9th to 12th grade, and adults ages 18 and over.

All artwork submitted should fit the theme of the festival, which is “Diversity Works: Sharing Similarities, Celebrating Differences.” All entries need to be accompanied by the artist’s name, mailing address, home phone and email address. Youth entrants must indicate age, grade, parent’s name and school name. Entry deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Submissions can be delivered or mailed to Marysville City Hall, 1049 State Ave., Marysville, WA 98270.

Contest prizes include a $25 gift card and ribbon for each division winner and a Grand Prize worth up to $300 selected from among the division winners, and announced at the multicultural festival Sept. 28. All artwork submitted will be on display during the one-day event.

The contest is aimed at helping spread diversity in the community through art. The Diversity Committee, who developed the contest with support from the Arts Coalition, was established in November 2010 by Mayor Jon Nehring to help identify issues and prioritize support for the community concerning diversity and inclusion.

The Marysville Arts Coalition is a grassroots volunteer organization that is working to promote the appreciation of, and participation in, the arts in Marysville. To find out more, “like” the MAC Facebook page at

For more information on the contest or the diversity committee, contact Public Information Officer Doug Buell at (360) 363-8086 or e-mail On the web, visit


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