Eighth Annual Black History Month Art Contest kicked off

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, UScellular and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region have kicked off the eighth annual Black History Month Art Contest. Boys & Girls Clubs members are encouraged to create original pieces of artwork representing influential Black icons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These can include historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators who have made vital contributions in STEM.

Ten finalists from the Tennessee Valley and Ocoee Region clubs will be chosen by club representatives and local UScellular leaders based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. The finalists’ artwork will be digitally displayed in select stores,  and from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28, anyone 18 and older is invited to vote for their favorite art online.

The top three vote-getters will be announced in March. UScellular’s Network of Black Associates resource group is funding this year’s prizes, which include $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third.

“We are once again thrilled to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and Ocoee Region on this annual contest to celebrate Black History Month and highlight the talented youth in our community,” said Thomas White, director of sales for East Tennessee at UScellular. “We look forward to seeing the imaginative and inspirational artwork that club members create as they learn more about the important contributions Black STEM icons have made in our world.”

“It is such an honor to work with UScellular on this annual contest in celebration of Black History Month,” says H Walker, diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Not only does this partnership discover and amplify youth agency and creativity; it helps African American and Black kids and teens realize their dreams as they replicate the work of Black STEM icons.”

A recent UScellular survey1 revealed that almost half of students don’t know enough about the opportunities a STEM education could afford and the same amount think there isn’t enough racial diversity in the STEM workforce. UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM and connecting tomorrow’s innovators with the resources they need today to help shape their future opportunities.

Since 2009, the company has donated more than $22.6 million along with countless experiences and technology items to non-profit organizations across the country. Visit newsroom.uscellular.com/community/ for more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

No Purchase Necessary. Entrants who are minors must have parental consent to participate in the Contest. Official Contest Rules, including full entry details and Finalist and Winner selection criteria/voting are available by email request to USCDLMediaRelations@uscellular.com.

1Fielded online by Hall & Partners from Nov. 11-29, 2021, among 1,000 parents and 1,000 students (18-25 years old) across a national footprint, with a margin of error of [+/- 3.2%].