Guest post by Stephanie Hartley

The Bibb County School District joined the Tubman Museum and Macon Arts Alliance on Wednesday, May 30, to announce a special partnership to bring the National Arts Program to Bibb County for the 2nd Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for Bibb County School District Employees, Retirees and their Families.

“This is a very exciting partnership that involves both community and national partners. We are always celebrating the work of our students, but this is an exceptional opportunity to showcase artwork created by Bibb County School District employees, retirees, and their families,” said District Fine Arts & Magnet Programs Director Ben Bridges.

The National Arts Program Foundation celebrates the creative talents of employees across the country by providing employees and their family members an opportunity to participate in a professional visual arts exhibition. All artwork entered is hung in public space and professionally judged, and ribbons and cash awards are given to the winners.

Tubman Museum
Macon’s Tubman Museum. Photo by Doug Deal.

Locally, the opportunity to participate in the second show of this kind in Bibb County will be open to all Bibb County School District employees, retirees, and their immediate family members, including children. Forms may be obtained from the Bibb County School District.

Participants can compete on multiple levels, including youth/teen, amateur, intermediate, and professional. The artwork must be original and it must have been completed within the last three years. There are many categories of visual art that are acceptable for the event, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and more. The registration form includes a complete listing of the rules and requirements for participation in the exhibit.

Registration forms must be received no later than October 10, 2018. All entries must be delivered to the Tubman Museum located at 310 Cherry Street between October 16 – 20, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artwork that does not conform to the requirements of the program may be disqualified by the judges.

Artwork entries will be featured in an exhibit at the Tubman Museum from November 4, 2018, through December 8, 2018. The exhibit will be open to the public with museum admission. The public display of artwork will be kicked off with a reception and presentation of awards to participants, which will be held at the Tubman Museum on November 4, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The deadline to register artwork for this event is October 10, 2018. Registration forms may be obtained by contacting Ben Bridges, at (478) 7658595 or via email at, or Donald L. Druitt, Sr., at (478) 391-2406 or via email at

For more information about the National Arts Program, please visit



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