City holding contest for Black History Month

City holding contest for Black History Month

PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket announces the launch of a contest and event honoring Black History month geared toward Pawtucket middle school students to submit a piece of their work – art, poetry, a paper, presentation, or other artistic expression – on what they feel best represents Black History Month.

The topic could be on a person, event, place, or other topic that the student feels best embodies the message of Black History Month or best represents honoring the Black History Month.

The competition will run through Feb. 22 calling for students to email their piece or a picture or video of it to Kassandra Florez, the community liaison for the city, at kflorez@pawtucketri.com for the chance to be selected to discuss their piece and why they feel it best represents Black History Month with Mayor Donald Grebien on Feb. 25 via Zoom and to win a $50 gift card. The conversation will be shared on the city’s website and social pages.

“I am excited that we will be able to honor Black History Month this year while also being distant and safe,” said Grebien. “This year we can get young members of our community involved through art or their own expression and highlight the importance of Black History Month. I want to thank Mixed Magic Theatre, the Pawtucket City Council, the Pawtucket School Committee and other community partners for helping us let students know of the opportunity and look forward to seeing all of their great work.”

The city encourages any student who is in middle school to participate and submit their piece by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 22 to be entered. Those who have questions can email kflorez@pawtucketri.com. Three winners will be selected on Feb. 23.