Rockford Boys & Girls Club compete in art contest

ROCKFORD — For the first time, UScellular’s annual Black History Month Art Contest will go virtual. Online voting will remain open to the public until Feb. 28.

Three Rockford youth will receive cash prizes in March that include $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third. In January, Boys & Girls Club members created original artwork in recognition of influential Black people from around the globe, including historical figures, world leaders, athletes and celebrities. Ten finalists were chosen.

The Rockford community can visit and click on “Rockford Boys & Girls Club” to vote for their favorite piece of original art.

“I’m always amazed at the talent these kids have,” said Jenny Justman, retail area sales manager at UScellular. “There’s a wide variety of submissions and a wide variety of interpretations within the drawings. It’s just fun to be able to see what they put together and how they use their artistic ability to really create their artwork.”

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