The winning entries ofthe Seventh National Indigenous Children's Art Competition will be on display at the National Taitung Living Arts Center between Jan. 24 and Feb. 15.
The exhibition shows not only the children's rich imagination and artistic skills, but also their inheritance of the indigenous culture.
The competition this year had eight categories and three competitive tiers — kindergarten children, elementary school pupils, and junior high school students. Children of different ages painted different things they had experienced in life and what they had felt in different events, resulting in a diversity of works. Many of them portrayed festivals and religious rituals as well, which indicate their exploration of cultural identity and ethnicity.
The national competition not only helps to record the ongoing history and culture of Taiwan's indigenous peoples, it also helps to preserve the foundation of sustainable community development. Moreover, participation in such events help to promote children's art education and nurture an appreciation of aesthetics starting from a young age.
The theme of this year's exhibition is "Indigenous Wonderland.” Some 80 paintings will be on display in the southern county of Taitung to introduce the different aspects of Taiwan's indigenous cultures.
Editor's Note: In observance of the Chinese New Year, the Taitung Living Arts Center will be closed for three days from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.