Students honored during the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week

Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest today at the Governor’s Mansion. The contest is a highlight of the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week, which runs March 17-23 to celebrate and highlight the importance of the fine arts. Students across the state competed to create posters reflective of this year’s theme, “Art is Everywhere.”

“I congratulate all Illinois students who submitted their artwork in this year’s poster contest,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “Arts education opens the door for enhanced academic performance and more opportunities for college, career and beyond. I salute our student artists and their teachers for their hard work and creativity.”

The statewide poster contest celebrating Arts Education Week alternates between elementary/middle and secondary students each year. The contest was open to students in grades K-8 this year.

“It is essential we do not forget the arts in our schools. Arts education teaches our students creativity and contributes significantly to success in college and careers,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Thank you to the educators and teachers for fostering these talents, and congratulations to our winning students and everyone who participated.”

First place went to Liv Bertaud, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville. Her art instructor is Cindi Sartain in Libertyville Elementary District 70.

“I think the theme ‘Art is Everywhere’ is important. It helps people realize that art is tucked into the little corners of life,” Liv said. “It’s not just in museums and theaters. It is essential to remember these things because without art, music or dance, so many people would be caught in void or left without the love of creativity. I feel it is essential for me and for everyone, really, to remember that art really is everywhere and that we have to be thankful for that.”

Liv’s winning artwork is featured on a poster promoting Illinois Arts Education Week. Her mixed-media entry features the four areas of art, which are dance, drama, music and visual arts. Gov. Pat Quinn issued a proclamation designating the special week.

Second place in the poster contest went to Tina Nair of Maercker School District 60. Tina is a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Westview Hills Middle School in Willowbrook. Her art instructor is Josh Vance.

Casey K. Darre, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale, received third place in ISBE’s poster contest. Casey’s art instructor in Bloomingdale School District 13 is Deyana S. Matt.

In addition to honoring students, the 2014 Illinois Alliance for Arts Education award ceremony recognized individuals, community organizations and businesses that have contributed to the arts and art education.

Illinois Arts Education Week 2014 is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the IAAE and the Governor’s Office. The IAAE is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, receiving support, award recognition programs and professional development opportunities.

Additional posters can be requested by contacting the Illinois State Board of Education’s College and Career Readiness Division at (217) 524-4832;; or via mail at 100 N. First St., N-242, Springfield, IL 62777-0001.

The back of the poster contains references to the Illinois Learning Goals and Standards for the Fine Arts, upcoming art events for 2014, internet resources and more. Go to to view the winning poster and artwork.