Each year, Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose winning pieces of art by high school students to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. This impressive art exhibit brightens the Cannon Tunnel and showcases the talent of our nation’s young people.
As the former director of a youth leadership program in San Diego, I know that young people are often the most thoughtful and creative members of our community. This contest offers a national platform for displaying that creativity, so I encourage high school students with all artistic backgrounds from the 53rd Congressional District to participate. This contest is only open to high school students and the winning student will be invited to Washington, DC for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will have his or her artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel for one year.
The winning piece from the 2014 competition was from Amelia of El Cajon/ Grossmont High School. Her piece, “Dignity”, is described as a historical self-portrait where the artist has placed herself among the suffragettes working for equality.
The deadline for the 2015 competition has passed. If you have any questions, you may contact my district office at (619) 280-5353.