65th Otero Arts Festival Announced

Description: The 65th Otero Arts Festival includes contests for Theatrical, Music, Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Entries are submitted from area students grades 7-12.

Published: 01/12/2021
Byline: Hart

65th Otero Arts Festival Announces Categories and Dates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  .................................................. January 12, 2021

LA JUNTA — The 65th Otero Arts Festival is pleased to announce the 2021 contest categories and dates. The annual festival plans to host the public viewing of the visual arts and creative writing from Tuesday March 30 through Thursday April 1 in the Rizzuto Banquet room on the Otero Junior College campus. Area students, grades 7-12, will be able to compete in several categories: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music and Theatrical Contests. Ribbons will be awarded at each level of the competition with OJC Scholarships being awarded to the top senior (grade 12 graduating high school senior) competitor in each category.

The Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, the visual arts, musicians and theatrical performances by middle and high school students from throughout southeast Colorado. It invites area students, grades 7-12, to share what inspires them to make their imagination come to life in either their creative writings, visual arts, music or through the theatrical competition. All students are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in art, band or drama at their schools to enter. Students may enter all contests independently.

Debbie Phillips, coordinator of the Otero Arts Festival, anticipates about 30 area schools will have students participate in the 65th annual event. “Each year we see entries from many exceptionally talented students. They are supported in their work by teachers, parents and community members who are involved in helping them develop their talents,” said Phillips.

The 65th Otero Arts Festival Competitions this year, including deadlines are:

Creative Writing, submission deadline Friday, March 5, 2021.  Students grades 7-12 can enter one writing in each category; Poetry, Essay and Short Story.   Students 9-12 can enter the Creative Book contest. Creative Writing Senior Portfolios compete for the Writing Scholarship. All Creative Writing Entries MUST be submitted with a completed entry form this year which is available on the website. Entries are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries to Macdonald Hall Room 110 by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Complete creative writing guidelines and information is available at: http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx.

Visual Arts, entry submission and hanging Friday, March 26, 2021 in the Rizzuto Banquet Room. Students’ grades 7-12 can enter up to six artworks each in a variety of mediums. Visual Arts Senior Portfolios compete for scholarships, the online registration deadline Friday, March 12, 2021.  All forms are available on the website. All student artists are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in art at their schools.

Theatrical Competition, online registration deadline Wednesday, March 24, 2021 consisting of Monologue and Group Short Scenes categories. Contest to be held on Monday March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre. All students interested in drama and theater are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in drama at their schools. An OJC Scholarship will be awarded to the top senior actor (grade 12 graduating high school senior). Refer to the website for detailed contest rules and guidelines.

Instrumental Music Competition, online registration deadline Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Solo and Small Ensembles (3-5 members) categories. Contest to be held on Tuesday March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre. Refer to the website for detailed contest rules and guidelines. The 2021 Instrumental Music Contest provides an opportunity for young musicians to demonstrate their musical talent and love for music. The Music Contest is open to Middle School students grades 7 & 8 (Junior Division) and High School students grades 9-12 (Senior Division). All students interested in music are encouraged to enter. Students do not have to be currently participating in band at their schools. The contestant is responsible for an accompanist if needed and the arts festival will provide a piano.

Online registrations open March 1, 2021 for Visual Arts Senior Portfolios, Music Contest and the Theatrical Competitions.

The Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event for students grades 7-12 that is continuing to be sponsored by a college, Otero Junior College. Complete guidelines and information about the competitions are available at: http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx.  The full list of the Schedule of Events for this year’s festival is available on the website.

For More Information:

719-384-6822  |  sarah.petramala@ojc.edu


About Otero Junior College

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. The mission of Otero Junior College is to provide a quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

Otero Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is member of the Colorado Community College System. OJC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for students who plan to transfer on to four-year bachelor degree programs. The College also offers numerous workforce ready degrees and certificates that prepare students to enter the workforce within one or two years.

Otero is a full-service campus offering on-campus student housing and dining services. Students have the opportunity to receive both an outstanding academic education and experience the amenities of a large university with 12 intercollegiate athletic sports and numerous student-life clubs, organizations and events.

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