REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Several times a year, Team Redstone holds heritage celebrations at Bob Jones Auditorium. These celebrations recognize a diverse aspect of American society and history such as Native American or African-American history month.

An important part of the heritage month celebrations is the student artwork contest. The contest gives local student artists the opportunity to compete and have their artwork seen by a large audience.

The art contest started two years ago and was the brainchild of Rosie Douglas,
a human resources specialist with CPOC. Douglas approached Sgt. 1st Class Lance Green in the EEO office with the idea for the art contest, and thought it was a great way to involve the local community.

While Douglas does not have an art background, she has always enjoyed art. She continues to oversee the program that she created.
Douglas contacts local art teachers to see if they are interested in participating in the contest and gives interested teachers the details of the monthly celebration. The submitted artwork is judged by a local professional artist; and first, second and third place awards are recognized. Occasionally an honorable mention award is given.

The winners attend the celebration at Bob Jones Auditorium and receive certificates of accomplishment and a photo with AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers. The artwork is displayed in the lobby of the auditorium during the ceremony. Afterward the artwork is displayed in the first floor main corridor of building 5300. The artwork is returned to the students so it can be included in their portfolio.

"This contest is good for Redstone, the children and the community," Douglas said. The contest is the first opportunity for many of the students to visit Redstone and meet general officers and other Soldiers and employees..

Douglas said several of the student winners have received art scholarships for college and one teacher received a letter from President Obama for her work with the program.

The next opportunity to attend a heritage celebration and enjoy the student artwork will be for Women's History Month today at 10 a.m.