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Clay-Chalkville freshman’s art honored by city of Birmingham

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — A Clay-Chalkville High School freshman was announced as a winner in the city of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services inaugural SMART ART logo design contest.

Jaylen Callins, 15, is this year’s winner of the student-created logos contest for SMART ART, an upcoming youth cultural arts fair. The contest was for Birmingham-area students in the sixth through 12th grades.

Jaylen Callins
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Callins will display his design and his other artwork at the SMART ART Festival on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. The event is free and open to the public.

“The inspiration for this piece came from my knowledge of what cultural art is, and I wanted to do something that was creative, colorful, and one that represents multiple cultural themes,” Callins said. “I believe this piece covers different art forms, and it represents the world in which we live in.”

The SMART ART Festival will bring together ethnic and cultural groups, dancers, theatre groups, balloon artists, magicians, bands, singers, jugglers and storytellers. Other activities include live performances, demonstrations, children’s activities, careers in art, and an arts and crafts booth.

As the student creator of the winning logo, Callins will receive a shadow opportunity with one of the judging marketing companies, The Modern Brand or Birmingham Magazine. His logo will also be used in all print and online advertisements of the SMART ART event.

The logo Jaylen Callins designed
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“Jaylen still has that same passion and desire for the arts that he had at 3 years old,” said his parents, Brad and Rachel Allen. “He wants to pursue a career in architecture and own his own firm. We are very proud of Jaylen, and will continue to help support him in his passion for art to be successful in the future.”

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