Flimp Festival Chalk Art Competition

The Flimp Festival’s sidewalk chalk competition was brutal. It was hot outside! So hot that students brought tents in order to stay out of the sun as they worked from 8:15 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon on Friday, May 4. But they were there to make great art.

Student groups were given 6′ x 6′ squares to work with, each one inside of a parking┬áspace in the MMFA parking lot. Every school broke up their classes into different groups, ranging from two to six people, and each group was given a certain amount of chalk, though they were allowed to bring their own. For those who brought their own chalk, the journey was not as harsh, but for those who did not, it was a struggle! The chalk provided was long and skinny, and if the chalk broke, an artist’s knuckles could scrape onto the pavement. Luckily, students did take a break to eat lunch, whether it was from a parent or a pizza delivery. but they could not take too long to eat— many of the groups had complicated designs that needed to get done before it was time to leave!

Despite the intricate┬ádesign (seen above) made by our school’s Visual Arts students, they did not win in the competition. Students from local private schools Trinity Presbyterian, Montgomery Catholic, and Montgomery Academy won those awards.

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Alabama’s Teacher of the Year Zestlan Simmons from #btwmagnet!

We are so proud at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School that one of our English faculty, Zestlan Simmons, has been named the Alabama Teacher of the Year for 2018 – 2019. Ms. Simmons is a dedicated and much-loved teacher at our school, and she is also an alumni of the Creative Writing program at the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center, the part-day forerunner of our school.