Artists, photogs asked to show their stuff: City wants artists, Region wants photogs Knock yourself out – give your best shot.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON. April 29, 2013.  If you’ve a creative bent to you or your children are good with a set of crayons – there are two opportunities to get you name in lights and be known for being creative.

The city of Burlington wants to celebrate National Public Works Week and the Region wants to promote tourism in the Region.  Both give you an opportunity to express yourself artistically.

 The city wants you if you are a resident 18 years of age or younger to put your artistic talents to use as part of an art contest. Participants are being asked to create a piece of art that celebrates this year’s theme: Because of Public Works…

The city is looking for people under the age of 18 who want to show what Public Work’s is all about. If they know and can draw – send in your best effort.

Scott Stewart,  general manager of development and infrastructure, who couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler explains that the public works departments play an important role in the building and shaping of our communities”.  He should know – he oversees those departments.  “Recognizing public works week through the art contest and other activities helps us share with the community the important role public works functions play in running a city. Events like this also give us an opportunity to showcase the various career choices available to our youth in public works.”   It also softens up the image of the department when they fall behind on road repairs.

Entries for this contest will be accepted up to May 10, 2013.  A panel of local judges will select winners based on the relevancy to this years’ theme: Because of Public Works…, composition and creativity. Winners will be selected from three age categories: six to nine years, 10 to 13 years and 14 to 18 years of age.

 Artwork will be displayed at City Hall during Public Works Week, May 19 to 25, 2013. The winners from each category will be recognized at the City of Burlington’s National Public Works Week Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

That event will be held at the city’s road and parks maintenance facility on Harvester Road. Children of all ages will have the unique opportunity to get up close and even sit in the driver’s seat of many of the city’s vehicles including a fire truck, snow plow and a hybrid aerial truck. 

Contest rules and an application form are here:    or call 905-335-7600 ext. 7770.

The Region is focusing on tourism with their contest.  They have decided that Spring starts here! And they want you to “Spring into action” with your camera and tell the Region’s story as you see it.

This contest is open to both residents and visitors – and there is a cash incentive – a chance to win a $100 Mapleview Mall gift card.

Share your favourite local spring activities in a new “Spring into Action” photo contest. Submit a photo during the month of May with your favourite spring outdoor activity or location for a chance to win a $100 Mapleview Mall gift card.

Regional chair Gary Carr calls Halton a true four season community and he wants people to share photographs of things they have done in the Region.

There might be hundreds of people submitting picture for the Regions Spring photo contest.  If there is just the one – you could win the $100 Gift Card.  Send then your best shot.

The communications people plan to use the pictures that get sent in as part of their social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to share submissions. All photographs will be judged by Halton Tourism staff on the basis of originality and seasonality.

Other prizes include copies of Halton Hikes and a Family Day Pass to Conservation Halton Parks.

Learn more about the contest, which runs May 1 to 31, here:  or dial 311, or, if you can handle ten digits give them a call at 905-825-6000, toll-free 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833. These people are doing everything they can to make it easy for you to reach them.

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