By John Anderson
The Congressional Art Exhibit will be held tomorrow at Auburn High School from 10:30 to 12:30 when the 2nd Congressional Democratic Caucus for the Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton will begin. The Caucus for Bernie Sanders will be held at the same time in Greenfield, MA.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
This year’s exhibitors are: Anisa Sherzai, Sam Paradis, Megan Johnson, Olivia Obrebski, Aleen Merzoian, Nic Williams, Alexis Wilson and Dakota Gleason. They will also have their work displayed at the Auburn Cultural Council’s “Art for the Arts” show and sale to be held Saturday May 7 from 10-3 at Pakachoag Church. The show is free and open to the public. This show features adult artists and high school students in grades 11 and 12 from Auburn, as well as surrounding towns. Artworks will be for sale to raise money for Auburn Arts programs and the ACC.
The Democratic Caucuses in Massachusetts send delegates to the July National Convention for each candidate and in proportion to the their primary results. The Clinton Caucus will elect 2 female and 1 male delegate while the Sanders Caucus will elect 1 female, 2 male and 1 male alternate. Any registered Democrat in the district can vote at a caucus.