George Washington Carver Art and Essay Contents – Helping and Healing

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(Diamond, MO)George Washington Carver National Monument, in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education at Missouri Southern State University, the Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Carver Birthplace Association announces the George Washington Carver National Monument Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. The contest will be held completely online this year.

Open to third and fourth grade students in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Art and Essay encourages artistic expression and trait-based essay writing, centered on the theme Helping and Healing, which is derived from George Washington Carver’s statement:

“There is beauty in well-tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others.”

Students are invited to create art and write essays about helping and healing, connecting their own experiences during this challenging school year to George Washington Carver’s compassionate outreach to others. The entry deadline is February 12, 2021 and winners will be announced on March 19. Participants will receive certificates, first through third place winners will receive ribbons, and first place winners will receive a George Washington Carver biography.

Teachers may access the information packet online at this link. For further information, or to schedule a virtual visit with a park ranger, please call 417.325.4151 or email

About George Washington Carver National Monument: 

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. Please call the park at 417.325.4151 between 9:00 am. and 5:00 pm. for further information. Visit our website at and Facebook page. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then south one-fourth of a mile on Carver Road.

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Randall Becker, Supervisory Park Ranger
George Washington Carver National Monument

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