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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Apr 16 2002 - 16:34:44 PDT


The following message is from an art acquaintance of mine that designed the
Missouri Quarter - I shared with you a week or so ago the design change that
the Treasury was trying to make - it was really awful. (see Paul Jackson.com
)He is really angry for his
own art being changed and the way the goverment is running over artists.
 Roberta

In a message dated 4/15/02 2:11:13 AM Central Daylight Time, Wowrealart
writes:

<< Dear art teachers,
 
 Many school teachers have used the 50 States Quarter Design Competition as a
classroom lesson. Of the 3300 entries in Missouri, 75% of them were from
children. Your state may have already been through this, but most have yet to
discover how misrepresented it is.
 
 Local newspaper articles offering all Missourians the chance to design our
state quarter were misleading. We've since been told by the US Mint that all
they asked for was "design concepts", not "designs", and that Mint artists
will use state submissions merely as inspiration. And the design of
Missouri's quarter will be officially credited to the Mint artist, not a
Missourian. I'm wondering if Missouri's teachers and students will be
outraged by this "bait & switch"?
 
 This situation provides an excellent opportunity to teach students about our
government and how it works for the people. I would be very interested in
seeing a poll of students and teachers showing how many believed a state
artist could design their state quarter and how many understood it would be
replaced by another artist at the Mint, no matter how good. I also wonder how
many students think the situation is fair, if they think the government acted
ethically, and how they feel about design credit being given only to a Mint
employee and not a talented resident of our state.
 
 As a professional artist, and the guy who's design was voted the favorite by
Missourians, I'm very involved with the controversy and seem to be the lone
voice of dissent. My friends in Washington say that corrective action will be
forced when school children speak out. They represent the majority of
entries, and can't be expected to understand the legally ambiguous entry form
they signed.
 
 It disappoints me greatly that our government would mislead our school
children on a patriotic mission. I'm pressing for the Mint to change it's
policies so that other states and their artists and children will get a fair
shake when it's time to design their quarter.
 
 Several states before Missouri tried in vain to make this happen, but they
were not informed in time, and had no collective voice when it was critical.
I have a greater chance than most of making corrective action a reality. Who
better than a professional artist who's design is expected to win? Having a
few teachers and school children to echo my concerns would greatly help my
cause. Please forward my info to any teacher that used the 50 States Quarter
Design Competition as a classroom project.
 
 Our government is supposed to work for us, not mislead us. We must make the
US Mint either honor the spirit of the state quarters program and give a real
chance to state artists, or at least be clear and honest about what is
offered.
 
 Thanks for your support!
 
 Sincerely,
 
 Paul Jackson, Missouri artist and partner in eductaion
 573-441-2325
 www.pauljackson.com
 wowrealart@aol.com >>

attached mail follows:


Hi Roberta,
I tried to email artsednet, but they won't let me. Could you cut and paste
the following letter and mail it on for me.

Thanks, Paul

Dear art teachers,

Many school teachers have used the 50 States Quarter Design Competition as a
classroom lesson. Of the 3300 entries in Missouri, 75% of them were from
children. Your state may have already been through this, but most have yet to
discover how misrepresented it is.

Local newspaper articles offering all Missourians the chance to design our
state quarter were misleading. We've since been told by the US Mint that all
they asked for was "design concepts", not "designs", and that Mint artists
will use state submissions merely as inspiration. And the design of
Missouri's quarter will be officially credited to the Mint artist, not a
Missourian. I'm wondering if Missouri's teachers and students will be
outraged by this "bait & switch"?

This situation provides an excellent opportunity to teach students about our
government and how it works for the people. I would be very interested in
seeing a poll of students and teachers showing how many believed a state
artist could design their state quarter and how many understood it would be
replaced by another artist at the Mint, no matter how good. I also wonder how
many students think the situation is fair, if they think the government acted
ethically, and how they feel about design credit being given only to a Mint
employee and not a talented resident of our state.

As a professional artist, and the guy who's design was voted the favorite by
Missourians, I'm very involved with the controversy and seem to be the lone
voice of dissent. My friends in Washington say that corrective action will be
forced when school children speak out. They represent the majority of
entries, and can't be expected to understand the legally ambiguous entry form
they signed.

It disappoints me greatly that our government would mislead our school
children on a patriotic mission. I'm pressing for the Mint to change it's
policies so that other states and their artists and children will get a fair
shake when it's time to design their quarter.

Several states before Missouri tried in vain to make this happen, but they
were not informed in time, and had no collective voice when it was critical.
I have a greater chance than most of making corrective action a reality. Who
better than a professional artist who's design is expected to win? Having a
few teachers and school children to echo my concerns would greatly help my
cause. Please forward my info to any teacher that used the 50 States Quarter
Design Competition as a classroom project.

Our government is supposed to work for us, not mislead us. We must make the
US Mint either honor the spirit of the state quarters program and give a real
chance to state artists, or at least be clear and honest about what is
offered.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Paul Jackson, Missouri artist and partner in eductaion
573-441-2325
www.pauljackson.com
wowrealart@aol.com

attached mail follows:


Dear art teachers,

Many school teachers have used the 50 States Quarter Design Competition as a
classroom lesson. Of the 3300 entries in Missouri, 75% of them were from
children. Your state may have already been through this, but most have yet to
discover how misrepresented it is.

Local newspaper articles offering all Missourians the chance to design our
state quarter were misleading. We've since been told by the US Mint that all
they asked for was "design concepts", not "designs", and that Mint artists
will use state submissions merely as inspiration. And the design of
Missouri's quarter will be officially credited to the Mint artist, not a
Missourian. I'm wondering if Missouri's teachers and students will be
outraged by this "bait & switch"?

This situation provides an excellent opportunity to teach students about our
government and how it works for the people. I would be very interested in
seeing a poll of students and teachers showing how many believed a state
artist could design their state quarter and how many understood it would be
replaced by another artist at the Mint, no matter how good. I also wonder how
many students think the situation is fair, if they think the government acted
ethically, and how they feel about design credit being given only to a Mint
employee and not a talented resident of our state.

As a professional artist, and the guy who's design was voted the favorite by
Missourians, I'm very involved with the controversy and seem to be the lone
voice of dissent. My friends in Washington say that corrective action will be
forced when school children speak out. They represent the majority of
entries, and can't be expected to understand the legally ambiguous entry form
they signed.

It disappoints me greatly that our government would mislead our school
children on a patriotic mission. I'm pressing for the Mint to change it's
policies so that other states and their artists and children will get a fair
shake when it's time to design their quarter.

Several states before Missouri tried in vain to make this happen, but they
were not informed in time, and had no collective voice when it was critical.
I have a greater chance than most of making corrective action a reality. Who
better than a professional artist who's design is expected to win? Having a
few teachers and school children to echo my concerns would greatly help my
cause. Please forward my info to any teacher that used the 50 States Quarter
Design Competition as a classroom project.

Our government is supposed to work for us, not mislead us. We must make the
US Mint either honor the spirit of the state quarters program and give a real
chance to state artists, or at least be clear and honest about what is
offered.

Thanks for your support!

Sincerely,

Paul Jackson, Missouri artist and partner in eductaion
573-441-2325
www.pauljackson.com
wowrealart@aol.com

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