Sunday, April 7, 2024

Lake Placid Student Artists Join International Paris Competition

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Lake Placid, NY – Students from Lake Placid Central School art classes are among the more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school artists participating in a five-country international art-in-sport contest hosted by the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) with the support of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority). The art event, themed “Move History Forward,” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1924 Paris Summer Olympic Games.

In October, the Olympic Authority partnered with AOF to display artwork created by Olympians from around the world at Olympic Authority facilities and to manage programming for Art of Olympians. In collaboration, the Olympic Authority has assisted in securing the participation of Lake Placid students in the international art-in-sport program guided by Olympian artists from AOF. Lake Placid Community School Coordinator Keith Clark oversees the school’s program involvement.

Lake Placid grade, middle, and high school art students are not alone in representing the United States in the five-country art-in-sport program. Student artists from Will Rogers Elementary School and Eagleview Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, also participate in the education and art contest project, which began earlier this year.

Both U.S. communities are closely attached to the Olympic movement. Colorado Springs and Lake Placid are home to the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee Training Centers and museums honoring their Olympic heritage.

Besides U.S. schools, student artists from France, Italy, Slovenia, and Botswana are also submitting artwork.

Competition entries will soon be forwarded to Al Oerter Foundation program coordinators for judging. Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded to each participating classroom, and special art-in-sport posters will be given to all participants by the LeRoy Neiman Foundation.

U.S. Ambassador to France Denise Campbell Bauer and HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco will present award medals to the program’s overall winners during the May 15 ceremonies at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

About the Olympic Authority:

Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. The Olympic Authority operates Whiteface, Belleayre, and Gore Mountains, Mt Van Hoevenberg, the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, the Olympic Jumping Complex, and the Olympic Center. As host to international, national, regional, and local events, the Olympic Authority’s venues are destinations and economic catalysts of the regions it serves.

About the Al Oerter Foundation/Art of the Olympians:

The Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) and its program organization – Art of the Olympians (AOTO) – is a chartered Fort Myers, Florida not-for-profit foundation created in 2006 by four-time gold medalist Al Oerter. Through Olympian and Paralympian artists, AOF/AOTO uniquely couples art exhibitions with education by providing programs of art, education, sport, and cultural outreach – both nationally and internationally – to inspire individuals and communities to uphold the virtues of the Olympic ideals.

Photo at top courtesy of ORDA.

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