Ringling College of Art + Design Launches the 1st Annual RING Awards Storytelling Contest for U.S. Students

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National storytelling competition helps students in grades 7-12 meet the challenge of communicating in 21st Century.

Visit the RING Awards at www.TheRINGAwards.com

We believe that creative communication is a key driver of success both in school and eventually in the workforce.

Ringling College of Art + Design invites all teachers and students in grades 7-12 to take part in the first annual RING AWARDS Storytelling Contest to celebrate creative student communication. Beginning today, teachers can register and encourage their students to participate in this challenging competition, which promotes creative storytelling using a combination of images & words and offers students and their teachers the chance to win great prizes, like attendance at Ringling College’s Pre-College & Teacher Institute Programs and/or an all-expense paid trip to Universal’s Island Adventure in Orlando, Florida.

The Ringling College of Art + Design’s RING Awards were created to help students become better prepared to communicate. By utilizing the Sharon Robinson’s (daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson) new book titled UNDER THE SAME SUN as the thematic device, the RING Awards offers a very broad theme that can be related to every subject, and easily fits within the Common Core Connects program.

Students can choose one of three ways to tell their story:

  • a photo and a written story of 100 words or less
  • an illustration and a written story of 100 words or less
  • an Instagram video of 15 seconds or less

Contestants will be judged in two categories: Grades 7-9 & 10 – 12. Enter by visiting http://www.TheRINGAwards.com.

"Creative expression is at the core of who we are at Ringling College, and cultivating creativity among students is something we feel very strongly about,” said Rich Kaplan, Vice President for Marketing and Innovative Partnerships at Ringling College. “At Ringling, we are more than just an art and design school, but a place that teaches creative thought and communication and its’ application for future leaders and innovators. We believe that creative communication is a key driver of success both in school and eventually in the workforce.”

“There are so many ways to deal with the theme that are different from one another, and that’s where the creativity comes in," adds Kaplan. “Maybe it's about all the planets in our solar system being under the same sun. Or, the fact that J.K. Rowling and Shakespeare are under the same sun, just 400 years apart. Because kids today are so driven by technology, we decided to embrace multiple platforms, encouraging students to tell their stories in words and images," Kaplan adds.

To learn more about the Ringling College of Art + Design RING Awards Storytelling Contest, please visit http://www.TheRINGAwards.com.

For additional information, please contact Holly Siegling at 941-309-0186 or via email at hsieglin(at)ringling(dot)edu.

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