2010 DCC Children’s Water Tower Art Contest Winner Unveiled

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The young winner of the 2010 Design Center of the Carolinas Children’s Water Tower Art Contest was unveiled Tuesday evening, February 23, at an event at the Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC). The DCC is located at 1930 Camden Road in the Historic South End District. Ram Realty owns and manages the DCC whose tenants include Concentric Marketing, DAS Architecture, and Best Impressions Caterers.

The Design Center of the Carolinas and Ram Realty Services, in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), announced the winner of a very special art contest for the students of Dilworth Elementary School and Sedgefield Elementary School. The theme of the contest was “Inspiring Your Community” with each student sharing what their vision is of the elements needed to inspire our community to dream big and prosper. Students focused on inspiring others through their work. Over 300 pieces of art were submitted from children ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade. The winning artwork will take the place of the question mark on South End landmark, the DCC water tower.

Ivy Greaner, chief operating officer of Ram Realty Services led into the announcement of the winners by expressing Ram’s thoughts on creating this contest. “We, as landlords, rarely get the opportunity to participate in an event that reaches so deeply into the community. We love that the Design Center is thought of as place full of creative energy and this tie with the children of Historic South End is there for all to see when you look up at the water tower. The energy and the creativity of these children exemplifies the vitality of the Design Center and our neighborhood. We are pleased to be a part of this community and thank Charlotte Center City Partners, CMS and the Historic South End for your contributions to making this contest happen.”

Ms. Greaner recognized the winner and two runner-ups at the event attended by CMS representatives, staff from Dilworth Elementary and Sedgefield Elementary, Charlotte Center City Partners, Arts & Science Council, Design Center tenants, and Historic South End neighbors. Speakers included Shari Meltzer, director of markting for Ram Realty Services; Moira Quinn, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Charlotte Center City Partners; and Linda Kiser, executive area director of the Central Learning Community for CMS.

The winners of the 2010 Design Center Children’s Water Tower Art Contest:

1st Place: Randy Logan, 5th grade, Sedgefield Elementary.

2nd Place: Astrid Bridgwood, 2nd grade, Dilworth Elementary.

3rd Place: Khamari Woodard, 3rd grade, Sedgefield Elementary.

The winning artwork will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower, a Historic South End landmark, in place of the current question mark. It will be installed mid March and will grace the tower for twelve months.

The winner of the contest was selected by a committee comprised of Ram representatives, CMS representatives, Design Center tenants, Historic South End neighbors, and Charlotte Center City Partners representatives. Ram Realty Services made a donation of $500 per school to be utilized by their art departments to purchase additional art supplies for their students.

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