Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy is pleased to announce the 4th Congressional District's participation in the 26th Annual Congressional High School Arts Competition - "An Artistic Discovery."

McCarthy's office will be accepting artwork March 12 - May 4. This year's art competition entries will be on display at Adelphi University May 23-30, with the reception announcing the winners Wednesday, May 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the Art Gallery in Adelphi's Ruth Harley Center.

Here are some of the details for submission:

The contest is open to all high school aged students whose school resides within the 4th Congressional District. Lower classmen are encouraged to participate. Each school may submit up to three pieces of artwork for consideration. Student artwork must be an original concept, not reproduced from an existing photo, painting or other such work. It must be two dimensional, no larger than 30" by 30" framed and no more than 4 inches in depth. The entry must fall into one of the following categories: paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.), drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers), collage (must be two-dimensional), prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints), mixed media (use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.), computer generated art, and photography.

If you are interested in submitting artwork for consideration, contact your high school's art department chair or teacher. For further questions, you may call McCarthy's Garden City office at 739-3008.

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently announced awards of nearly $3 million in federal grants throughout the 4th Congressional District. These grants, which are authorized by The Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program, address the problems of homelessness in a comprehensive manner in concern with federal agencies.

"Long Island has many great programs intended to reduce homelessness. These programs need money to operate and carry out their missions," she said.

Several agencies on Long Island received funding including: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre: $370,249; Circulo de la Hispanidad: $1,210,102; Family and Children's Association: $526,237; South Shore Association for Independent Living, Inc.: $730,330; and Interfaith Nutrition Network: $104,878.

This money will be used to develop housing and related support services for people moving from homelessness to independent living. The grants are available to states and local units of governments to help homeless individuals live in a stable place, increase skills or income, and gain more control over the decisions affecting their lives.

"The goal of these programs is to give homeless individuals the ability to live independently. With the support structure in place and the federal dollars on the way, we can truly make a difference for individuals on Long Island," McCarthy added.

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