Chalk It Up For Life art contest Sept. 23

chalk-it-up-for-lifeBy SCOTT BRENT
For the Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Young area artists are invited to compete in the Chalk It Up For Life sidewalk art contest from noon to 2 p.m Sept. 23 at St. Alfred Catholic Church, 24175 Baske St.

Using the theme “God Loves Babies,” children will attempt to illustrate the importance of human life at every stage. This is the first year the contest is being held; there will be a different theme each year.

Artists will be sorted into three age divisions: kindergarten to fourth grade, fifth to eighth grade, and ninth to 12th grade. Volunteer judges will select first, second, and third places for each division. The panel of judges will include Karen Fort Hood, presiding judge, Michigan Court of Appeals; Tony Lalli, District Deputy Knights of Columbus; and Christopher Rutkowski, area chairman, Order of Malta-American Association. The winners of each division will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

“The main reason for holding this event is to create public awareness for the life issue and to celebrate the dignity and value of human life, born and unborn,” said Tina Teifer, an administrative associate of Multicultural Outreach and Gift Planning at Right to Life of Michigan who is helping to organize the contest.

“‘God Loves Babies’ was chosen as the theme for the first year because it is a very broad theme which will allow for much creative interpretation,” Teifer said. “Since the competition is open to all students from grades K-12, we hope to have at least 100 artists for the event.”

All participants will receive a Right to Life of Michigan keepsake. Food will also be provided for all attendants.  All artists must pre-register and have parental permission to participate. To obtain registration forms and information, contact Teifer at or 313-212-1326.

The event is sponsored by the St. Alfred Catholic Church in collaboration with Right to Life of Michigan and its affiliate, Central Wayne County Right to Life.

“Right to Life of Michigan hopes to provide children with the opportunity to participate in a creative and life-affirming activity,” Teifer said.