kpb architects launches inaugural student design scholarship competition

kpb architects launches inaugural student design scholarship competition, 
raises funds for The Children’s Lunchbox

On Nov. 9, approximately 34 Anchorage School District high school students will gather at the Anchorage Museum to compete for scholarships at a unique design competition event hosted by kpb architects. The competition is part of a fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Lunchbox.
kpb architects is a long-time supporter of The Children’s Lunchbox, an organization that provides meals to at-risk Anchorage-area students. In seeking to produce an event that will both raise funds to support a great cause while also engaging the community in the areas of art and design, “pupil+paper: make the cut” was created. 
For the next two months, participating students, some competing solo and others as teams, are tasked with the challenge of using their skills and imagination to create garments made from recycled paper and materials donated by local businesses. Students will attend three work sessions in which they will have the opportunity to work on their designs with volunteer mentors from the local art community. 
The completed designs will be on display during the finale fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 9, at The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and will be judged by an expert panel. Attendees will also have a chance to vote on their favorite pupil+paper designs. The people’s choice will count as one judge’s vote.
Tickets for the event are now available through Brown Paper Tickets, and can be purchased by visiting Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. 
Creators of the winning designs will receive a total of $9,000 in scholarships to the school of their choice – first place $4,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. In addition to the design competition, a silent auction will feature a wide variety of donated items.
One component of the silent auction will be metal lunchboxes uniquely transformed especially for this event by Alaskan artists such as Alvin Amason and Margaret Hugi-Lewis.  Other exciting parts of the finale event include delectable kid-inspired appetizers, specialty beverages served with flair by Alaska Soda Jerk, music by DJ Spencer Lee and other fun surprises for guests of all ages to enjoy. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Children’s Lunchbox.
“As chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s Live.Work.Play Committee and member of The Children’s Lunchbox board of directors, I have multiple reasons for developing and supporting this great community-focused event,” said kpb architects Principal Mike Prozeralik. “By providing meals to at-risk students, The Children’s Lunchbox enables the students to focus on their education without having to worry about their next meal. From an economic development perspective, this event contributes to nurturing the minds of Alaska’s future generations, encouraging innovation, collaboration, community involvement and promoting the importance of a strong and vibrant arts culture in our community. Both of these causes go hand in hand with our goal of making Anchorage the number one city in America to live, work and play.”
“pupil+paper is a perfect example of a community-supported opportunity for our students to express their creativity though the arts,” said Mary Wilts, curriculum coordinator for the Music and Fine Arts Department at the Anchorage School District.  “Through this endeavor, students will use their design skills and innovative creativity to fundraise for families in need.  We commend kpb architects for their leadership in this project.”
Based on the success of this year’s event, kpb architects plans to make pupil+paper an annual fundraiser, creating an enduring opportunity for students to develop and showcase their creativity while, at the same time, furthering the community’s support of The Children’s Lunc

KPB press release