BRCC hosts award ceremony for 64th Halloween Art Contest

Celebrating the artistic talents of young Brooklynites.

Before locals geared up for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, over 500 students from schools in Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, and Bay Ridge were awarded for their artistic work during the 64th Annual Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) Fall Poster and Window Painting Contest.

Per tradition, dozens of schools were given a location to display their spooky artwork on windows right before Halloween. On Tuesday, November 22 at Fort Hamilton High School, proud parents and family members watched the children receive awards for their hard work and creativity.

“What a grand time we all had this year during the day of the window painting when fourth graders from 31 public, private and parochial schools submitted their posters and grades five through eight painted all around town,” said Maria Makrinos, Art Contest Committee chair, who also deemed the award ceremony a success. “The families of our artists were able to take pictures that will remain memories in everyone’s minds.”

According to Makrinos, students submitted the largest amount of posters ever produced in the history of the Bay Ridge Community Council’s 64-year event. “With the help of a grant awarded by Councilmember Vincent Gentile, and in cooperation with the Department of Education, the Region 7 Superintendent’s office, Community Board 10, the 68th Precinct, the 86th Street B.I.D., the Third Avenue Merchants Association, the Fifth Avenue B.I.D., the Dyker Heights Civic Association, the Merchants Association of Fort Hamilton, and the 13th Avenue Merchants Association, countless merchants had their windows painted in a fall theme for all to witness and judge,” she added.

Makrinos and company are already gearing up for next year’s contest.

“Everyone also participated in a lottery where they were eligible to win the means to purchase art supplies to prepare for next year’s 65th annual event,” Makrinos said.


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