Imagine a world without art. Boring, right? DoSomething.org is once again asking teens to use their creative talent as a tool to advocate for arts education.

Make Art, Save Art is a campaign mobilizing young artists nationwide to advocate for the arts by submitting artwork and testimonials on the importance of arts education online at www.makeartsaveart.org and sharing those artistic expressions with their social networks (i.e. Facebook and Twitter).

The top 10 artists with the most shares through social media networks are entered into a finalist pool, and one artist will be selected by a panel of expert judges. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant for their school art program and a $1,000 college scholarship.

Judges include spokeswoman Tinsel Korey (The Twilight Saga) renowned photographer Nigel Barker, actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Emilio Sosa (Designer/Founder ESOSA Inc, Project Runway, Cheri Ehrlich (Senior Museum Educator/Teen Programs Coordinator, Brooklyn Museum), Raman Frey (Co Owner, Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern Gallery), Christopher Vroom (Founder, Chairman and Executive Vice President of Artspace.com) and Calder Zwicky (Associate Educator, Teen and Community Programs, The Museum of Modern Art).

“You don’t have to literally be starving to be an artist,” says Christina Blacken who heads up arts programming at DoSomething.org. “We want to do our part to keep creativity alive.”

Arts education is being cut from schools nationwide. Studies show children who study music and the arts have higher grades, score better on standardized tests, have better attendance records, and are more active in the community than other students.

The seven-week campaign, in partnership with Fine Art America, will run through November 28. Artists can submit designs at any time during the campaign, and social “sharing” will launch November 11th.

Building off of the success from last year’s campaign, DoSomething.org is encouraging students to get friends and classmates involved. The more designs submitted, the stronger the case for keeping art in schools.

To learn more, go to www.makeartsaveart.org.

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