Mayor's 2003 Cherry Blossom Poster Contest Winners on Display

Friday, April 18, 2003

Mayor's 2003 Cherry Blossom Poster Contest Winners on Display

Each year, Mayor Anthony A. Williams hosts an annual poster contest for students from the District of Columbia Public Schools System. Coordinated by the Office of the Secretary, the Cherry Blossom Poster Contest is scheduled to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival®. The contest provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Japan, while displaying their artistic talents. The 2003 awards ceremony was held during the first week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival®, which attracts more than 750,000 visitors to the nation's capital annually. While one of the goals of the contest is to recognize some of DC's best and brightest students, it is also designed to educate students, parents, and teachers about Japanese culture and promote the friendship that exists between the US and Japan.

This year's contest began in January, despite several missed school days due to the wintry weather. Five judges chose 10 winners and three Honorable Mention participants, who were awarded on March 25, 2003. With close to 100 DC Public School students participating in the contest, selecting the winners was a challenge. The theme of the contest was "Japanese Cherry Blossoms in the US: Announcing the Arrival of Spring!" Students were instructed to include this theme in their posters and were judged on their creativity and originality.

The 2003 awards ceremony was again held at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. These galleries make up the National Museum of Asian Art. This proved to be a fitting location to recognize the artistic accomplishments of the students, who were able to tour the museums following the awards ceremony. Photos of the winning posters may be viewed on this Web site, along with other photos commemorating the event.

 
 
Best in Show
Best in Show
2003 Contest Winner
2003 Ceremony Highlight