George Washington Carver National Monument Announces Theme of 2023 Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest

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(Diamond, MO)George Washington Carver National Monument, in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education at Missouri Southern State University, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, and Carver Birthplace Association announces the George Washington Carver National Monument Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest.

Open to third and fourth graders, the Art and Essay Contest encourages artistic expression and trait-based essay writing, centered on the theme: Curiosity, which is derived from George Washington Carver’s own words: “From a child, I had an inordinate desire for knowledge, especially music, painting, flowers, and the sciences...”

Students are invited to explore this theme to create art and write essays. Entry deadline is February 16, 2023. An art show will be set up beginning March 6 with an awards ceremony held on April 1, 2023. Roary the Lion from Missouri Southern State University will be there to congratulate the students! Each first-place winner will become a park ranger for a day and work with park rangers in the visitor center!

Teachers can access the information packet online. For further information, to request a teacher packet by mail, or to schedule a virtual or classroom 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 ¼ mile on Carver Road.

About the National Park Service: 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 423 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on YouTube at


Diane Eilenstein, Supervisory Park Ranger
George Washington Carver National Monument


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