Students invited to celebrate Yosemite with art, poetry

Scenic wonders of Yosemite National Park often inspire artists and poets.

Now, public school students from gateway communities to Yosemite are invited to enter a contest celebrating park features, their creativity and inspiration.

The park and Ansel Adams Gallery are sponsoring the Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, open to all students from kindergarten through high school who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park.

Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Friday.

Artwork or poetry should be original and should communicate a connection to Yosemite’s natural and cultural history. Subject matter can focus on wildlife, plants, scenic areas, iconic features, seasonal changes, conservation and protection, or the legacy that Yosemite represents.

Student artwork and poetry selected will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley. Students will also be recognized and acknowledged at a special awards ceremony Nov. 16 at the gallery from noon to 3 p.m. Contest winners will be notified by phone.

For more information, contest guidelines and entry forms, call (209) 375-9490 or email Yosemite Conservancy provides support for the student-inspired project.