Artists of all ages, it is time to get to “work” and be creative! The Windham Textile & History Museum is sponsoring an art contest, “The Shirt Off My Back.” It is like a poster contest but the canvas or surface is a Tee-shirt. The theme is about people at work and images can reflect past, present or future occupations. The contest is part of Connecticut at Work, an initiative created by Connecticut Humanities that explores the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut. The initiative features the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition “The Way we Worked” which will visit the Nathan Hale Homestead from August 9 through September 14.
The contest “The Shirt Off My Back” is offered for children, youth and adults. Participants will create an image of people at work in Connecticut; past, present and future. When creating the design artists will want to consider work environment, work space, equipment and tools of the trade, clothing, etc. Artists may use paint, markers, dyes, gluing or sewing objects onto a new or used tee shirt (any color or size) to illustrate work in Connecticut. The topics may include manufacturing, farm work, office work, professions, artisans or any other occupation.
The shirts will be exhibited on clothes lines outside weather permitting on Sundays in August (during the The Way We Worked exhibition) at the Hale Homestead and again at the Windham Textile & History Museum during October. Each entry should have a paper attached listing: name, town, phone number, email address, age, title of entry and occupation illustrated. Ribbons will be awarded in various categories and age groups. Participants will get a free ticket to the Windham Textile & History Museum. Shirts may be picked up at the Windham Textile & History Museum after November 14 during regular museum hours.
There is no cost to enter the contest. The shirts may be delivered or mailed to the Nathan Hale Homestead, P. O. Box 760, Coventry, CT 06238 or delivered on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main Street , Willimantic, CT O6226 by July 31, 2014.
For more information 860-456-2178 or 860-742-6917.
Connecticut at Work travels across the state through December 2014. The program features the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked Exhibition , with stops in seven communities: New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford and Groton. Surrounding communities are adding local focus with community history exhibits, book and film discussions, author talks, performances and more. Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the Coventry region, Connecticut at Work is a partnership with Connecticut Landmarks. The Connecticut tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. For a calendar of events and more information, visit cthumanities.org/ctatwork.