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Young artists can submit artwork that will be launched into space

Young artists have until the end of next week to submit artwork that could make the journey into space. Boeing and Space Foundation announced in October a high-flying art showcase that will take a collection of stellar artwork by student artists and launch it into space aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner.

The new art showcase, “Art in the Stars,” has been created via a partnership with Space Foundation and Boeing, which will launch digitized artwork submissions into space aboard the upcoming Starliner Crew Flight Test (CFT). Every student artist will be issued an official “Certificate of Flight” for each submitted piece of artwork. Young artists, ages 3-18, are encouraged to participate by creating original, space-oriented artwork based on the theme “Breaking Boundaries in Space.”

Space unites and inspires globally, and space exploration requires the talents and teamwork of people from every background to come together around a common mission. Space also ignites a desire to learn and generates a passion to explore that rises above any boundaries of race, nationality, creed, or culture.

It is in this spirit that Art in the Stars participants are challenged to create and submit original artwork. Students are encouraged to consider the diverse historical figures who broke boundaries to become a “first” or blazed trails for those who came after them.

Acceptable formats for submission include drawings, paintings, mixed media, and digital media pieces. All entries must be submitted electronically through ArtShowcase.SpaceFoundation.org. Submissions are due by Dec. 16. Only teachers, parents, or legal guardians over the age of 18 may register to submit artwork on behalf of the artists.

In announcing the new art showcase, Emily Normandy, space awareness senior manager at Space Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Boeing to use art to show how everyone can have a place in space. This is one exciting step toward helping students envision themselves as a part of the space community.”

“Partnering with Space Foundation for ‘Art in the Stars’ entries to fly on Starliner — a commercial spacecraft that will fly people to space and safely return them to Earth — is a perfect way to inspire the next generation of diverse explorers to see themselves in the stars and imagine how far they can take us in the future,” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing’s flight crew representative and former NASA astronaut.

To learn more about the art showcase and to register student artwork, visit ArtShowcase.SpaceFoundation.org.

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