The National Cherry Blossom Festival, with support from DC Collaborative, jointly invited grades K-12 students from DC public, public charter, and Japanese schools to participate in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Showcase by submitting an artwork entry that depicts the theme “I am in Full Bloom” which encourages the student artist to look inward and show what makes them feel like they are in full bloom, just as the blossoms reach their most bright and vibrant during their peak bloom.
Artist prompt: Each year in the spring, the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC reach peak bloom when they emerge in an incredible blaze of pink and white across the region. We invite DC student artists to portray what it means for you to be in full bloom. When do you feel joy, the most inspired, renewed, and vibrant? When do you identify most with a cherry blossom in peak bloom?
After the Virtual Gallery Opening on March 28th, 2023, viewers were able to vote on a “People’s Choice” winner for each age category. The voting closed on April 15, 2023 and the winners are listed below. We are so impressed with the talent and passion displayed across all the pieces submitted.
As part of the Student Art Showcase, all the pieces were also on display from April 8 – 16 in Capitol Riverfront, during Petalpalooza presented by Chase and through the conclusion of the 2023 Festival (Pictured). As part of the Petalpalooza display, Student Art Showcase supporter Corner Water selected five pieces to print on a limited edition water bottle available for giveaways at Petalpalooza, pictured below as well. Stay tuned for updates on the 2024 Student Art Showcase.
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2023 Student Artwork pieces on display at Capitol Riverfront, April 8 – 16.
Richard Wright Public Charter Schools
Oyster-Adams Elementary School
Friendship Tech Prep Academy
Friendship Public Charter School- Chamberlain
Butterflies and Blossoms by Crimson H.
Feeling Alive by Mystic W.
I See Cherry Blossoms by Samiyah L.
Flutist In Blossom by Kori J.