Over 1,000 youngsters participate in county’s annual Sidewalk Art Contest


Winners in the county Youth Bureau’s 10th annual Sidewalk Art Contest at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica were announced Thursday by County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

The event involved 1,100 youths from ages 5-18 who participated in a week-long event at various municipalities and youth-serving agencies, with 80 making it to the final round Thursday which was on the sidewalks around MWPAI.

Each chalk design was evaluated by a panel of judges, and medals were presented to the top three finishers in each age category where applicable. The winners:

• Ages 5-7 — First Place: Ella Carcone (Our Lady of Lourdes); Second Place: Tristan Zawada (Our Lady of Lourdes); Third Place: Isabella Wilkosz (Our Lady of Lourdes).

Ages 8-10 — First Place: Sean Acee (Westmoreland); Second Place: Olivia Maynard (Our Lady of Lourdes); Third Place: Aleesia Carter/Kimora Collins (Thea Bowman House).

Ages 11-13 — First Place: Elise Mozloom (Our Lady of Lourdes); Second Place: Addison Judycki (Oriskany); Third Place: Brooke Scarchilli (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Ages 14-18 — First place: Lydia Kicinski (MWPAI)

“It’s hard to believe this wonderful event has been taking place for 10 years now,” Picente said. “The creativity and enthusiasm displayed by our county youth each and every year is an absolute delight. I continue to be inspired by the joy and pride that emanates from their faces as they craft these works of art.”

County Youth Bureau Director Kevin Green said “the kids’ artistic abilities and positive self-expressions were beautifully designed for all to be amazed.” He said the event would not be possible without the support of WalMart and Target, plus he thanked judges “for their time and energy.” He added, “together, everyone gave the youth of Oneida County an opportunity to experience one of the crown jewels of Oneida County: Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute.”

For more information on Sidewalk Art or other Youth Bureau initiatives, call 798-5027 or visit www.ocgov.net/youth online.


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