1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition

NEXTBestArt announces 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition
The organization seeks to celebrate diversity, creativity, and community during the holiday season.

Youngstown, OH October 21st 2017

NEXTBestArt is proud to announce its 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition, on Sunday Dec. 3rd , 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, in conjunction with the Tyler’s annual Christmas Marketplace. Entry is open to individuals or groups from all walks of life across the Valley, and we welcome both traditional and creative interpretations. Registration is $5.00. For more information, complete rules, and entry forms, please e-mail nextbestart@gmail.com, find us online at www.nextbestart.com, or at facebook.com/nextbestart.

“The significance of gingerbread as an art form goes back well over a thousand years, to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who frequently incorporated it in religious ceremonies, through the 11th century, when the tradition was brought to Europe by an Armenian monk, and used to create intricate images of religious icons. Gingerbread has fostered a special sense of community and well being through the arts for hundreds of years – we hope to foster that same sense in the heart of the city this year, and to build a tradition that lasts for many years to come.” – Daniel Rauschenbach, Vice President

This year’s event judges are:

Sharon Letson – Sharon is the Executive Director at Youngstown CityScape, and also serves on the Board at Power of the Arts. Her dedication to the Youngstown area is profound, and we are just as glad to have her in our community as we are to have her with us on our first year.

Todd Franko – Most of us know Todd from his work as Editor at the The Vindicator, but he also serves as a coach with Youngstown Phantoms Youth Hockey, Board President with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Youngstown, and has done some absolutely amazing and inspiring work as the Founder and President at the Simeon Booker Courage Award Dinner

Last, but certainly not least, we welcome RJ Thompson. RJ currently works as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design at Youngstown State University, and also serves as Founder of the Youngstown chapter of the Awesome Foundation, Founder of IXDA Youngstown, Board Member at The Legal Creative, and Director of Youngstown Design Works – where he developed the City of YOUngstown campaign.

NEXT Best Art is a registered 501 (c)(3) located in Downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Our goal is to connect artists from around the world to the Youngstown-Warren region, while highlighting the resources available here; to facilitate the creation and execution of public art; and to promote local art and artists from every field nationally and globally. Together with a supportive board of directors, we are working to see our dream become a reality, which will serve to improve the quality of life for local artists, as well as the community as a whole. Information regarding current programming and events can be found online, at www.NEXTBestArt.com, or on facebook at facebook.com/nextbestart.

The Tyler History Center, original home of the Good Humor Ice Cream Bar, features galleries for local history exhibits, a ballroom for events, the Historical Society’s Archival Library, and the Anne Kilcawley Christman Educational Resource Center. On display is the permanent exhibit The People of the Mahoning Valley: Stories of Identity and Innovation, a collection from The Idora Park Experience, and the Rayen High School Mural. The Tyler History Center is open Tuesday-Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens and College Students and $5 for children. Admission includes a same day visit to The Arms Family Museum. For more information visit www.mahoninghistory.org.

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