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Contest Highlights Springfield & Its Rural Neighbors

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

The Springfield History Museum and the Springfield Public Library are holding an art contest to celebrate the city and surrounding rural areas using the alphabet.

The contest is open to anyone living in Springfield or it’s nearby rural communities. The idea is for participants to submit artwork that represents their community using a single letter.



For example, librarian Taylor Worley said hazelnuts could be used for the letter 'H.'

"You could go to Dorris Ranch, you could do a painting of the Hazelnut Orchards, you could take a photograph, you could take a specific hazelnut and you could just do like a detailed drawing of that nut,” Worley said.


The library and the museum will then publish a bilingual English Spanish book featuring winning submissions.The contest runs through July 31 with winners announced on August 31.


Worely said Lane County is a big area with a lot of people, even so there are things that make places like Springfield, Marcola, and Walterville unique. 

“We just wanted to highlight that and let people know that we see you, and we want to celebrate you, we wanted a feel good thing," Worley said,"I feel like the refrain has been ‘it’s been a hard year and a half’ and we just wanted something to celebrate the good parts.”

Winners will receive a free copy of the book which is expected to be published in 2022. The book will also be available for purchase next year at the library and the museum. More information on the contest here.


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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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