A Little Encouragement goes a Long Way for one NAP Participant

“Untitled”, Samuel Newbold; Amatur, First Place & Best of Show; Mixed Media; Relative; City Library
This year’s Best of Show winner almost didn’t submit his artwork into the NAP exhibition in Lincoln, NE.  The untitled piece, which is proudly on display in his parent’s home, was a gift he created for them.  When Samuel’s mother, an employee of the Bennett Martin Library, heard about the opportunity for employees and their immediate family members to enter the 7th Annual Exhibition, she strongly encouraged Samuel to enter his piece of art.  Although Samuel initially showed hesitation, the piece was finally submitted and to his surprise, not only won First Place in the Amateur category, but Best of Show as well.  In addition to the encouragement he received from his family, the support from friends and City of Lincoln library employees was apparent as they cheered Samuel on while he accepted his awards from City Councilman, Carl Eskridge.
Coordinator Mollie Maguson stated that “as coordinator of the City of Lincoln’s National Arts Program® for the last three years, I would have to say that Sam’s story is one that defines what the program is all about; an opportunity for those who have great talent to put their ideas and creations out into the public eye and in turn received recognition for their skills and creativity.”  We here at the NAP couldn’t agree more with Mollie and would like to congratulate everyone who entered this year’s exhibition.  We know that it takes a lot of courage to put your personal passion on display for all to see and we truly believe that you are all winners for taking this leap!