White House Sets Art Contest Rules for National Guard Families

By Victor Winston, updated on March 30, 2024

In an unprecedented move, the White House has officially announced guidelines for this year’s “Celebrating National Guard Families” art event.

According to Fox News, the initiative stresses a non-partisan and inclusive theme for children's Easter egg designs, avoiding religious or politically sensitive content.

As part of the longstanding White House Easter traditions, an art contest specifically designed for children of National Guard families has been incorporated. This contest invites young participants to express their creativity and experiences through Easter egg designs, themed around their life within the military community. The contest, however, explicitly bars the inclusion of religious symbols, partisan statements, and any content that could be considered as promoting bigotry or discrimination.

For nearly five decades, the tradition of presenting a Commemorative Easter Egg to the First Lady has been upheld by America's Egg Farmers. This tradition took a creative turn in 2021 when the White House decided to expand this to include Easter eggs designed by youth from across the nation.

“EGGucation” Theme to Transform 2024 Easter Egg Roll

The upcoming 2024 Easter Egg Roll is set under the “EGGucation” theme, a concept introduced by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden that aims to convert the South Lawn into a vibrant educational community.

With an impressive career spanning over 30 years in teaching, Dr. Biden seeks to infuse the Easter festivities with educational activities suitable for children of all ages. An estimated 40,000 attendees are expected, promising a diverse range of educational fun and entertainment.

The official contest flyer details the guidelines for submission, "On behalf of First Lady Jill Biden, The Adjutants General of the National Guard are asking youth from National Guard families across the United States and all U.S. territories to submit artwork inspired by the theme ‘Celebrating our Military Families’. The flyer emphasized the importance of avoiding controversial content, aiming for artwork that can universally resonate without delving into divisive topics.

Artwork selected through this contest will transform into tangible art pieces, with designs being meticulously painted onto real hen eggs by professional artists.

These eggs will then be put on display at the White House during the Easter and Passover seasons, serving as a testament to the diverse experiences and artistic talents within our National Guard families.

Conclusion

The White House Easter Egg Roll has not only been an occasion of joy and celebration but also an event deeply rooted in American tradition. Through the introduction of the “EGGucation” theme and the art contest for National Guard families, the White House aims to enhance the inclusive and educational aspect of these longstanding traditions.

It is crucial to understand that these newly introduced guidelines are designed to foster a spirit of unity and inclusivity among the submissions. By steering clear of potentially divisive content, the White House hopes to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the strength, sacrifice, and creativity of military families across the nation.

The White House’s initiative to incorporate the experiences of National Guard families into the Easter celebrations underscores a commitment to inclusivity and education.

Through stringent guidelines ensuring content remains non-partisan and universally accessible, to the innovative "EGGucation" theme, the 2024 Easter traditions at the White House signify a respectful acknowledgment of all facets of American society, bringing forward the diverse stories of our National Guard families for the nation to celebrate.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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