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GDOT calls for entries in Centennial Student Art Challenge

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Transportation celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016 with a yearlong centennial celebration that explores the agency’s role in getting Georgia out of the mud — from the dirt roads of 1916 to the paved roads crisscrossing Georgia in 1939 to today’s modern transportation system.

“While traveling through Georgia’s transportation past is fascinating, it’s also exciting to consider what may be in store for the future of transportation,” said GDOT Director of Communications Karlene Barron. “One way we’re doing this is through the eyes of Georgia’s students with our Centennial Student Art Challenge.”

The contest challenges students in kindergarten through 12th grade to visually answer the question, “What does the future of transportation in Georgia look like to you?” Art can be done by hand, digitally or photographically or a combination of these. A written statement and completion of an entry form are also required.

The theme is “What moves you? Imagining tomorrow’s transportation.”

It is open to all K-12 students living in Georgia and attending public or private school or being home-schooled.
Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 22.

Two winners, first and second place, will be selected from each of four grade categories. Winners will receive their original art framed, an award certificate and five sets of centennial postcards showcasing the eight winning works of art.

For more information, go to the Centennial Student Art Challenge webpage at

The GDOT’s 100-year focus includes the new centennial web page,, which ties together all facets of the upcoming 2016 centennial celebration. There, you can view old photos, maps, publications and historical documents; a decade-by-decade timeline; a calendar of centennial events; video interviews and oral histories — with more to come.

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