PORTSMOUTH —Artists and poets around the state recently grappled with creating a way to depict the concept of “Equity” as part of the Racial Unity Team’s 4th Annual Art & Poetry Challenge. The possibility of winning a first-place award of $300 made it well worth the effort. Equity is not the same as Equality—equity is giving people what they need to reach their full potential, whereas equality is treating everyone the same, regardless of special need.

This year, forty-three Granite Staters—from a Kindergartener to a 79-year-old—met the challenge; entries from twenty towns across the state poured in, each attempting to depict Equity in their own way.

Eighteen award winners in seven categories of art and poetry will be announced at the Exhibit Opening and Celebration, 2-4 p.m. on Sat., June 25, at Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Street. The inside exhibit will be open for viewing; at the outdoor venue, attendees will learn about how to give voice through the arts, challenge winners will discuss their inspiration and creative process, first-place poems will be read, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.racialunityteam.com or email admin.racialunityteam@gmail.com.

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