Who participates in Inspirations? Inspirations is a program for Charter Schools. Currently, it only takes place in Utah, but we hope to eventually expand and be a nationwide program.
What is the entry fee? When is it due and who pays it?
The entry fee is $100. For the 2012 - 2013 year it is due on Nov 1st, 2012. Each
Charter school who is participating in the program pays the entry fee.
No students or parents need to worry about the entry fee.
What are the categories?
Statewide, we have 9 categories: Literary Composition, Musical
Composition, Visual Art, 3D Art, Photography, Theatre, Choreography /
Dance, Film / Video and Digital Art. However, your school may choose to participate
in all 9 categories or just a select few. Please check with your
school's Inspirations representative to find out which categories your
school is participating in.
How many entries can a student submit? Each student may submit one entry for each category their school offers.
What are the age divisions? We have 4 age divisions:
- Kindergarten - 2nd grade
- 3rd grade - 5th grade
- 6th grade - 8th grade
- 9th grade - 12th grade
Will everyone win an award?
This will depend on your individual school. Some schools will choose to
give everyone a participation award or certificate. However, only 2
entries per category and age group will advance to compete at the
Regional level. At the Regional level, again 2 entries per category and
age group will win medals and advance to compete at the State level. At
the State level, trophies will be given to 2 entries per category and
age level. While this is technically a "competition," the point of the
program is to encourage our students to be creative and express their
individuality. We hope that the awards assemblies will reflect that
How do you find your judges? Judges for
the program come from the community. Each school will be responsible
for finding the judges for their school level competition. The judges
should be impartial and not connected to the school. The judging will be
blind-judging. The schools hosting the Regional and State level
assemblies will be in charge of finding judges for those levels of
competition. They should be different judges than the ones used at the
school level. Your judges should have knowledge, expertise or experience
in the category they will be judging. They can be found anywhere in the
community: Librarians, Authors, teachers at another school, local
artists, newspaper or TV media, professional photographers, interior
decorators, dance instructors or professional dancers etc...
Are there any entry examples from previous years we can view? Coming soon.
Will you have a CD player or a TV so that I can show my child's work?
That will be up to the school's running the awards assemblies. We do
encourage them to have those things available so that all the students
entries may be viewed and enjoyed by all.
What if we miss the deadline? Will you extend it?
The Region and State deadlines will not be changed. If you've missed
the entry fee deadline and wish to participate the current year, please
contact us immediately. Depending on the time frame, we may be able to
include you. If not, we will be sure to get you information for next
years program. As for the school level entries deadline, that will be up
to your individual school if they will accept your entry or extend the
entry due date. Please contact your school's Inspirations representative
for information about that.