KIHS Artist Earns Statewide Art Honors at Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature

Together we ARE better!

ANNAPOLIS — A record-breaking 700+ constituents, legislative leaders, and advocates convened at the Graduate Hotel in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 21st for Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature, with over 1,000 viewers tuning in via livestream. The event, which celebrated unity, diversity, and inclusion, also honored winners of the “Together We’re Better” statewide art contest.

Among the winners was Emily Alt, a senior at Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, who clinched third place in the contest. Alt, an Advanced Placement 2-D Art and Design student, was recognized along with her teacher, Andrea Schulte, QACPS’ 2023 Teacher of the Year.

Emily Alt and art teacher Andrea Schulte in Annapolis

Emily Alt and art teacher Andrea Schulte in Annapolis

The day commenced with remarks from key legislative leaders, including Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Carol Beatty (Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Disabilities), Dr. Carey White, and Dr. Antoine Hickman (Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services at the Maryland State Department of Education). Dr. Hickman was present to distribute student art awards and show support for the event’s significance.

KIHS Senior Emily Alt wins 3rd Place Statewide Art Award

KIHS Senior Emily Alt wins 3rd Place Statewide Art Award

In addition to addressing critical advocacy issues, the event celebrated K-12 art students from across the state who participated in the statewide art contest. Sponsored by The Arc Maryland in collaboration with MSDE, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the contest tasked high school students with creating coloring book pages promoting inclusion. Winning artworks will be published in a children’s coloring book available at libraries statewide.

Sharon Dols, Director of Operations & Strategic Development for The Arc Maryland, showcased copies of the coloring book at KIHS’s ArtScene in 2023, which drew an attendance of over 1,000. This year’s ArtScene, scheduled for April 25th at 5pm, promises to be equally as impactful.

During the event, KIHS was awarded $100 for its Art Department, with Schulte and Emily being celebrated alongside Michael Bell, Supervisor of Visual Arts for QACPS. Alt pledged to utilize her prize money to host an Art Party for students with developmental disabilities at KIHS.

Emily Alt with Andrea Schulte and Fine Arts Supervisor Michael Bell

Emily Alt with Andrea Schulte and Fine Arts Supervisor Michael Bell

Schulte said, “The student artists at KI never cease to impress me with their willingness to use their artistic voice to positively impact their community. As an NAHS officer, and department leader, Emily has repeatedly contributed to our community. This year she helped coordinate the Alzheimer’s Awareness installation at Queen’s Landing, The Opioid Awareness Installation for QAC Goes Purple, and she contributed artwork to the Talisman Riding Center Project.”

Michael Bell expressed gratitude for Alt’s altruism and praised Schulte for her dedication to empowering students, particularly those with disabilities, within the school and community.

To watch highlights from Emily’s award at the ‘Together We’re Better’ ceremony, visit QACPS’ YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/ltNmTaLdpc4?si=NaSluv278d2Lx8iQ

For more information on Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature, visit: http://www.thearcmd.org/dd-day/ and https://www.md-council.org/policy/public-policy-priorities/dd-day-at-the-legislature/

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