By Cathy O'Gara on 2nd October, 2012

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, October 2, 2012 – As St. Croix prepares with excitement for the 60th anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival, the Department of Tourism invites students on St. Croix to unleash their creativity by participating in a Festival poster contest in honor of the celebration. Open to students ages 14 to 18 from participating schools, the contest encourages students to artfully express what Festival means to them.
“The 60th Anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival is a milestone in Virgin Islands’ cultural history,” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism. “We are asking our schools to help commemorate this important occasion by participating in the contest allowing students to artistically communicate the meaning of this cultural event.”

Schools interested in participating should contact the Department of Tourism for contest guidelines and sign-up forms. Each school must select one finalist from their school to be submitted to the Department of Tourism by October 19, 2012. The entries will then be reviewed by a panel of judges representing the Virgin Islands art community.

The contest winner will receive $500 and their artwork will be used by the Department of Tourism to help promote the 2012-2013 Festival. Additionally, the winning school will be awarded $500 for their art department. Finalists will also receive a gift bag and have their artwork displayed publicly at the Department of Tourism offices. All participating students will receive a “Tourism is Me” T-shirt compliments of the Department of Tourism.

For more information, and to sign up for the contest call 340-773-0495 on St. Croix.

The poster contest is one of several initiatives the Department of Tourism is implementing this year to promote the 60th Anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival both locally and abroad.



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