Korean Cultural Center holds student art competition


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The third student art competition sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center in Chicago accepted artwork under the theme “Exploring K Culture” and held an awards ceremony and exhibition on Saturday, May 15.

The Cultural Center relaunched the competition, temporarily suspended since 2015, and set the theme of the work in view of the recent boom in Korean culture.

The opportunity to participate was extended to all Chicago-area students, giving a total of 92 students the opportunity to show off their talents to the fullest – and 41 students won an award.

The competition took place in four categories, Kindergarten / Elementary, Primary, Middle and High School, with each level awarding first, second and third prizes, a total of 12 winners, and one grand prize winner – the “K-POP” of Naransolongo Batgerel Meet Korean dance. “

In addition, special prizes, honorable mentions and artistically creative prizes were selected, and commemorative T-shirts were provided to all participants.

The grand prize winner received the award certificate from Congressman Brad Schneider, and the first four winners received the award certificate from Wheeling Mayor Patrick Horcher.

Horcher (Village of Wheeling), Scott Britton (Cook County Commissioner), Liz Polmanski (Deputy Chief of Staff) and Debbie Fandrei (Curator of the Buffalo Grove Raupp Museum) attended the awards ceremony and congratulated the students.

Until June 24, the award-winning works will be on display at the Raupp Museum, a regional history museum in Buffalo Grove at 901 Dunham Lane, in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago.

List of winners

• Grand prize: “K-POP meets Korean dance” by Naransolongo Batgerel

• First place: “Korean Culture” by Jinu Choi; Seoyeon Seong’s “Proud Korea”; “Traveling Around Korea” from Dainne Park; and “My Ancestor’s Soul” by Michael Choi.

• Second place: “Warrior and Shield Kite” by Esther Kim; “The Day of Spring Grove” by Aaron Ahn; and Kyuri Moon’s “Hanbok Dance”.

• Third place: “Turtle Ship” by Jason Kim; “Korean Desserts” by Brigid Park; “Korean Samul Nori” by Hudson Kim; and “Adoring Winter Kimchi” by Jihye Kim.

Special prize: eight students

• Honorable mention: 10 students

• Artistically creative award: 10 students

The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, 9930 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and organize Korean cultural, artistic, educational and social activities. The Korean Cultural Center in Chicago seeks to be a community landmark where people of all ethnicities can come together and explore Korean traditions and culture through various courses, programs and events.

About 80,000 people visit the cultural center each year. The Korean Cultural Center in Chicago strongly encourages intercultural understanding which can embrace and enable all to coexist peacefully.

For more information, visit www.kccoc.org or call (847) 947-4460.

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