The State Capitol Commemorative Plaque Design Competition deadline has been extended to December 8.
Minnesota sixth-grade students are invited to submit a design for a commemorative plaque dedicated to the workers who helped build the Minnesota State Capitol Building. According to legislation, "the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board shall conduct an opportunity contest for sixth-graders from across the state to submit designs for the memorial plaque or marker. The Board shall then select a design from the submissions to be used as a basis for production of this plaque or marker by Jan. 1, 2017. The plaque or marker shall be placed in a space easily visible to public visitors, and installed during the State Capitol remodel." (MN Laws of 2016, Chpt. 189. Art. 13, Sec. 61).
See the State Capitol Commemorative Plaque Design Competition information including design requirements, student submission details, the selection process and submission form. The submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 8, 2016.
The competition grew out of a letter writing and petition campaign by sixth-grade stuents in Owatonna, MN who participated in the Who Built Our Capitol? curriculum developed by thier teacher Jennifer Hansen, with Cannon Falls teacher Missy Klapperich and University of Minnesota Labor Education Service video producer and Capitol project director Randy Croce. The Who Built Our Capitol? website features a rich collection of information and photographs on the men and women who constructed the Minnesota statehouse. The Labor Education Service project has been funded in part by the Arts and Cutrual Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society, Bricklayers Local 1, Butler Family Foundation, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studeis, Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellance in Teaching and Learning, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Operating Engineers Local 49, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 and Teamsters Joint Council 32.
If you have any questions, contact Paul Mandell, executive secretary, Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, 651-757-1507.