Community Arts in the Park Voting Underway
San Juan Islanders and visitors from throughout the region can cast their ballots on artwork submitted to the annual Community Arts in the Park competition, now on display in the American Camp visitor center.
Twenty-two entries were received, including 17 from sixth graders in Leisha Holmes’ art class at Friday Harbor Elementary School. Park staff removed photos and visitor information from several walls in the center to accommodate the works. This year’s theme was Wildflowers and Pollinators of the San Juan Islands, so there are plenty of bees and flowers.
“We’re really excited by this year’s entries,” said Raena Parsons, park education specialist. “The colors are especially fetching, particularly among the students. Come on out and cast your ballot!”
Art lovers can either vote on site in the center — open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, or view the works and vote online at this link.
The contest awards ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday May 3 on the American Camp parade ground.
Community Arts in the Park celebrates ecology through art. The competition goal is to raise awareness and inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship, according to Parsons. It is also a key component of San Juan Island National Historical Park’s first-ever BioBlitz, scheduled May 3-4, 2014 at American Camp.
For more information, contact Raena Parsons at 360-378-2240 ext 2222 or
Raena_Parsons [@] bps [.] gov, or the American Camp Visitor Center at 360-378-2240, ext. 2233.