SARATOGA SPRINGS — SaratogaArtsFest is inviting students to participate in the June 6-9 festival with a new short story contest and the return of free admission with perks through the YES! program.
In tribute to Saratoga Race Course’s 150th anniversary, ArtsFest 2013 has adopted the theme “Celebrating 150 Years of Arts in Saratoga.” In keeping with the theme, area students in grades 9-12 are invited to write about what they think Saratoga Springs will be like 150 years in the future, in 2163.
The stories must be original and no more than 1,000 words. Local award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin and Jennifer Armstrong will judge the entries. An awards ceremony and reception will be held during SaratogaArtsFest for the top three entries. Prizes will be given, and the first-prize story will also be published in Saratoga Living magazine.
The deadline to enter the short story contest is April 15. All entries should include name, grade, school, English teacher, story title and word count. They can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by regular mail to SaratogaArtsFest, Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 451, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Students can also get involved in the festival and the arts by applying to the Youth Experiencing Saratoga Arts Fest program, also known as YES!
YES! is an effort to bring school districts and other education groups together to help make the arts more accessible to young people and to encourage families to attend ArtsFest. Students in grades K-12 can apply for a free admission package to the festival by completing a simple form provided at their school.
The package includes exclusive back-stage meetings with selected artists, plus discounts and benefits at local arts organizations throughout the year. There is also a coupon that can be used for one reduced-price adult admission package or two single event tickets.
Registration for the YES! program will be open April 15-30. Forms are available through various local school districts and at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org. Updated schedules for the June festival are also posted on the website.