TAP Proudly Presents
The 2009 Art Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

First and Second Grade Winners:

First Place : Prize $150 Savings Bond

Gary Tang, Spicewood Elementary School, Austin, Texas

Second Place : Prize $100 Savings Bond

Aaron Drici, Naubuc Elementary School, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Honorable Mention

Alyssa Fayerman, C.T. Douglas Elementary School, Acton, Massachusetts

Gracie Gralike, home schooled, St. Louis, Missouri

Third and Fourth Grade Winners:
First Place : Prize $150 Savings Bond

Conner Tomlinson, home schooled, Siler City, North Carolina

Second Place : Prize $100 Savings Bond

Joseph Williams, Green Elementary School, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Honorable Mention

Gina Kim, Winkelman Elementary School, Glenview, Illinois

The Art Contest

This contest was open to all students in elementary grades one through four, including students from private and public schools as well as home-schooled students.

Theme: The Ties that Bind: Honoring Indigenous Peoples

Students learn and internalize stereotypes at a very young age; as a teacher, counselor, or parent you can help open minds and hearts. Please use the following theme, "The Ties that Bind: Honoring Indigenous Peoples" to foster creativity and empathy with our Native predecessors. We look forward to seeing how your students and children visualize this timely, relevant theme.

In many countries there are indigenous peoples, which means they were the "first people" living in an area. Unfortunately, in most places, indigenous peoples' cultures and ways of life were forever changed by the arrival of the people or settlers who came to live there later. In New Zealand, the indigenous people are the Maori. In Australia, Africa, Asia, and in the Americas, there are many different peoples who are referred to as "nations" or "tribes" or "peoples." Understanding roots and the people who lived here a long time ago can enrich our lives and demonstrate respect for those who have been displaced.

Think what it means to be a member of an indigenous nation. In your artwork, please illustrate what life would have been like for a child your age where you live, before the arrival of settlers from other countries. We as a universal people have learned and gained from Native Peoples. Are there any connections between that time and present day?

When creating your work of art think about these questions:

  • What would your village look like?
  • What would you eat?
  • How would you get from one place to another?
  • What days would you celebrate?
  • What sports might you play?

The subject of the artwork entry is to be the student's personal expression of "The Ties that Bind: Honoring Indigenous Peoples" and may be in either descriptive or abstract form.


  • Group A—1st and 2nd grades, as of April 1, 2009

  • Group B—3rd and 4th grades, as of April 1, 2009

Entry Requirements:

  • Only one piece per student.

  • Entry may be a painting, drawing, collage, or other 2-dimensional work only.

  • Only digital files will be accepted; photos or scanned images of artwork must be submitted in jpeg format (high resolution). Files may be emailed or sent on CD. We will not accept hard copies of artwork. Winners, however, will be required to submit the original artwork, which must be no larger than 11" x 17".

TAP reserves the right to copy and modify any entry for reproduction. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of TAP.

Artwork will be judged on originality of design, clarity of theme message, and artistic merit.