Kids Tag Art Aiden Stampfli Wendel Watson Elementary

Kids Tag Art Award of Distinction Honorees Announced

Kids Tag Art Ava, St Paul Lutheran School

Ava, St Paul Lutheran

The Kids Tag Art (KTA) program, created to inspire fifth graders throughout Polk County in the arts, recently announced the top tag art designs from each participating school earning the Award of Distinction designation. The tag art designed by Polk County students is available for purchase by the public at www.KidsTagArt.com. The local community can support their neighborhood elementary school by purchasing tag art online, with all proceeds going back into the classroom for arts education.

Now in its 14th year, the Kids Tag Art program inspires young artists to create their own unique tag art design all while learning the practical application of license plate art to support worthy causes. The program is fashioned after Florida’s 100+ specialty license plates, though none of the tag art from the program can be used as legal identification on the rear bumper of vehicles.

Kids Tag Art Mariella St Joseph's Academy

Mariella, St Joseph’s Academy

Continuing their support as a major sponsor for the Kids Tag Art program is Southern Homes of Polk County. When asked why he supports the program, Owner Greg Masters said, “Southern Homes has been committed to the Kids Tag Art program from the very beginning. Many of our team members at Southern Homes are from Polk County, and we have a vested interest in supporting the arts. We understand the impact the arts has in every facet of a child’s development and education. If we want to continue to recruit creative, innovative problem solvers, then we need to support programs that develop well-rounded students with those skills. The Kids Tag Art program is one of those programs.” In addition to major sponsor, Southern Homes of Polk County, three new sponsors joined for the 2019-2020 school year: the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Center State Bank, and Lauren’s Kids.

Other sponsors for the KTA program include: D-print, Bartow Ford, LEGOLAND Florida, Ledger Media Group, Big 4 Radio – 97.5 WPCV and Max 98.3, Point & Pay, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, LAMAR Advertising Company, Polk Education Foundation, Florida Heart Research Foundation, Polk Arts Alliance, Publix Super Market Charities, Unlimited DPI, Polk County Public Schools, Grasslands/Oakbridge, and the Polk Museum of Art.

Kids Tag Art Michelle Bartow Elementary Academy

Michelle, Bartow Elementary Academy

Joe G. Tedder adds, “We have a great team of sponsors and business partners who have so generously supported arts education in our schools through this creative program that brings value to all involved. As it is now known, students who participate in the arts have higher test scores and are more likely to graduate high school and enter the workforce as innovative thinkers for today’s complex world. Art provides the context for creative problem-solving, the number one skill that Fortune 500 firms hire for today.”

As in years past, this year’s Award of Distinction (AOD) recipients represent two students from each participating school across Polk County, which encompasses 174 creative tag art designs from 87 public, private, and charter schools. However, there are over 5,400 designs to choose from – in addition to teacher tags, which the program expanded into last year after several art teachers expressed interest in participating alongside their students.

Kids Tag Art Sunny Wendell Watson Elementary

Sunny, Wendell Watson Elementary

To date, the Kids Tag Art program in Polk County has created over 55,000 pieces of artwork through the annual participation of public, private, and charter schools. Additionally, the KTA program, designed as a supplemental classroom arts funding program, has raised over $400,000 in Polk County alone. Statewide, the program is currently in 14 counties and has raised over $1 Million for school art programs across the state. With interest in the program continuing to grow every year, the future of the Kids Tag Art program and its support of the arts in the state of Florida has a strong, bright future.

For those interested in viewing the 2019-2020 Kids Tag Art exhibit, which travels across the county during the school year, a calendar of exhibit dates and locations can be found online at www.PolkTaxes.com. Any business interested in hosting the exhibit in Polk County is invited to reach out at kidstagart@polktaxes.com and tag art is still available for purchase at www.KidsTagArt.com.

For more information, visit www.PolkTaxes.com or contact Margarita Alfaro, Public Engagement Specialist at MargaritaAlfaro@polktaxes.com or by phone at 863-534-4738.

View the Award of Distinction honoree list here.

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