Picasso said ‘every child is an artist and the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ Some experts advise that children need to show their works to others to be encouraged and to find their strength and weakness and this way they can likely to carry on their artistic passion.
The Korea Youth Arts Association opened the door with this awareness and has been organizing a variety of art events and contests including the Korea Youth Arts Competition for decades. The competition is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and from the 13th competition in 2017 by the Ministry of Education also. The 18th competition this year was judged by artists Beongak Min, Young Kim, Jongim Baek and Gwanho Jang who focused on purity, creativity, understandability, diligence and skills. Of 2,324 competitors, the grand prize went to 2 artists, excellent prize to 8, runner up to 10 and gold prize to 30. A total of 930 artists received a prize according to their levels and categories. It is notable that Jian Lee from Edgewood Highschool received the Ministry of Education prize and Haejeong Shin from Hagil High School the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The association president Bunam Jang said “The competition lays a springboard for children and youth to spread their talents at will.” The head judge Beongak Min said “I believe that the competition will build confidence of talented children and youth and I cannot wait to see they become as great artists when they grow up.” The winning works of the competition were also displayed at the Gallery B in Jongno District Seoul for four days. Jang facilitated the Gallery B for the winners and the gallery also is being used to help young artists in need.
Apart from art competitions, the association has been organizing a variety of events and training programs to spread art to more people and in daily life since 1968. The instructor’s courses are especially fostering skilled art teachers for children’s art, art therapy and modern art. Since 2009, the association also launched researches and seminars on art for old people as part of their welfare programs.
The Korean Disabled Youth Art Competition of the association in particular is praiseworthy as it is received with a great support from many organizations and people of interest. Also sponsored by the two ministries, the competition is encouraging disabled children and youth to draw up their hidden talent from the bottom and keep their confidence and good feeling in every day life. Another notable competition is the Korean Grand Contest for the Modern Art that finds and promotes new and rising artists. “I and the members of the association will keep working hard to bring better and more participatory art events and programs for all.” says Jang. <PowerKorea>
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