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September 22, 2013

Children’s CROPsidewalk art contest to help fight hunger, teach compassion

NORMAN — The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest for Kids & Families on Sept. 28 outside the Performing Arts Studio at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. in Norman.

Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the contest is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Butcher paper rolls will be provided for indoor “sidewalks” in case of rain. The event also will feature African drumming and storytelling by Norman artist Jahruba Lambeth.

“Helping The Hungry — Making A Difference” is the theme for the art contest. Children will be grouped by age, with a separate category for family entries.

Professional artists will be on hand to offer guidance and serve as judges. Chalk and refreshments will be provided; participants may bring their own chalk, as well. The entry fee for the contest is a donation of peanut butter or tuna, which will be distributed to food pantries throughout Cleveland County.

“The contest helps raise awareness about the impact of hunger and poverty on families. Most importantly, it teaches children to use art and creativity to bring positive change to their world,” said Ed Kearns, the event’s director.

Among prize donors are the Firehouse Art Center, Sooner Theatre, Cimarron Opera, Sandalwood & Sage, Norman Music Institute and Sonder Music. Each child will receive a certificate for participating.

A moms-only prize drawing will be done for a complimentary massage from GR8 Massage and hair products from Cutz Hair Salon.

“We’ve had so many local arts organizations and artists donate prizes and their talent. The Performing Arts Studio and the city of Norman have also lent support,” Kearns said. “It’s very moving to see how Norman’s arts community comes together each year to help the CROP Walk fight hunger and poverty.”

The Cleveland County CROP Walk will take place Oct. 6, with a 1:30 p.m. registration and a 2 p.m. step off. The three-mile, 45-minute walk-a-thon begins and ends at Norman’s Food and Shelter, 104 W. Comanche St.

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