Aurora College launches visual arts contest

Aurora College launches visual arts contest

Students at the 26 learning centres and campuses of Aurora College in the Northwest Territories are being asked to finish that sentence before Feb. 10 using video or visual arts for the chance to win some hefty cash prizes.

The initiative, dreamed up by Thebacha’s campus director Jeff O’Keefe, is designed to get students involved in promoting the post-secondary institution leading up to Aurora College Week, February 13 to 17, based on their personal experiences of going to school there.

“We want to help get our students engaged a bit in promoting the college so they can tell their stories and what they like about Aurora College,” said O’Keefe. “We’re just trying to create a little bit more action around Aurora College Week.”

Entries, including video clips, posters and photo collages, will be posted online and winners will be chosen based on votes cast during Aurora College Week.

“By putting voting on the website, we drive traffic to the website and so hopefully some more people will consider Aurora College,” said O’Keefe.

O’Keefe said videos do not have to be professionally made.

“Shoot it on whatever you want,” he said. “You can use a camcorder, still camera, cell phone – whatever you got.”

Videos can be one to three minutes in length.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to showcase both their creativity and their school spirit,” said O’Keefe. “With the accessibility of new technologies we are expecting students will come up with some exciting submissions.”

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