Baker Arts Center Art Director Diane Marsh shows children some of the artwork on display from the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition Exhibit. L&T photo/Robert Pierce
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Throughout the year, Liberal’s Baker Arts Center has projects for the community’s youth to take part in to help build imaginations, and this week, children got a look at the creative forces of the mind as it goes on a journey – into outer space.
The international 2012 Humans in Space Youth Competition calls for youth to “be inspired, creative and heard,” inviting them to learn about space and communicate their visions of the future of space exploration through visual, literary, video and musical artwork.
Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through October, and the winning artwork will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwide from 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery.
Many of those pictures are currently on display at Baker Arts, and on Tuesday and today, local kids got to look through the exhibits during a guided tour given by art director Diane Marsh. Exhibits will be at Baker Arts through July 28.
The theme for the 2012 competition is “How will humans use science and technology to explore space in the future, and what mysteries will we uncover?”
The Universities Space Research Association carried out the inaugural 2010 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition in conjunction with the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium, which took place in April 2011 in Houston.
The competition utilizes the core principle that the creation, display and performance of youth artwork engage and motivate participants and viewers and enhance the creative communication of ideas about space exploration.
Officials with the competition called the 2010 project “a tremendous success,” and the 2012 edition will focus on encouraging even more youth artists to participate, including underserved children, and more viewers to experience even higher quality productions of the artwork worldwide.
An art competition of this dimension brings together youth and adults, artists and scientists, space organizations and educators and international and local communities.
Part of the exhibit includes posters of crew members of the International Space Station, and those pictures filled one of the galleries at Baker Arts. All ISS crewmembers since Expedition 1 have been portrayed on a poster.
Crew members consist of cosmonauts from Russia and astronauts from the United States, Japan, Canada and various European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Denmark.
ISS posters recently have incorporated movie or music themes in their dress or poster. One example is the Expedition 30 poster, in which crewmembers are pilots of the different types of aircraft flying over the Caribbean including the ISS where they live and work for six months.
Baker Arts received private sponsorship for this exhibit.
“We also wish to thank Joyce Schultz, ISSMP training coordinator of NASA, Jancy McPhee, lead of the Humans in Space Symposium Youth Art Competition, NASA-Johnson Space Center/USRA, and Nancy Parsons for their assistance in the preparation of this exhibit,” Marsh said.