Students Celebrate Mayor’s 2005 Cherry Blossom Poster Contest

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Students Celebrate Mayor’s 2005 Cherry Blossom Poster Contest

Mayor Anthony A. Williams hosted the annual “Mayor’s Cherry Blossom Poster Contest” for students from the District of Columbia Public Schools System.  Coordinated by the Office of the Secretary, the contest and awards ceremony coincide with spring’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival®.  While one of the goals of the contest is to recognize some of DC’s best and brightest students, teachers also use it as an opportunity to educate students about Japanese culture and promote the friendship that the United States has enjoyed with Japan. 

Nearly 200 very gifted students participated in this year’s contest.  Five judges were challenged with choosing 13 winners, who received their awards on March 22, 2005.  The theme of the contest was “Cherry Blossoms: Friendship in Bloom.”  This theme was incorporated into the students’ posters and they were judged on their overall composition and design, appropriateness to theme, originality and creativity.

Southwest Airlines, The Art Institute of Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and DC Department of Parks and Recreation were among those that donated prizes for the winning students and other contest participants.  The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery generously opened the doors of their Meyer Auditorium to again hold the awards ceremony there.  As the galleries that make up the National Museum of Asian Art, this setting was ideal for recognizing the students’ artistic accomplishments.  The students were also given the opportunity to tour the museum.  Photos of the winning posters may be viewed on this website.