Art Imitates Baseball

The Colorado Rockies are conducting a Jackie Robinson Youth Artistic Contest for elementary and middle school students at 100 schools in the Denver area. This event was inspired by local artist Darrell Anderson, who 10 year ago, made his own artistic tribute to the icon who broke through baseball's color barrier in 1947.

The theme of the art contest is "Breaking Barriers" and students may submit anything artistic to describe what breaking barriers means to them. Poetry, music, art or a video presentation of dance and drama which may focus on Robinson or a personal experience relating to the theme are all acceptable.

The year 1997 marked the 50th anniversary of breaking into the Majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Anderson painted his portrait with help through sponsorships from Don Baylor and his wife, along with local businesses. While touring ballparks to bring awareness to students, the legend's daughter, Sharon Robinson, was given the portrait as a gift and the 900 other prints were sold out completely.

"I know I like to keep my hands involved with kids and inspire them to find their own personality in art, and I think what the Rockies are doing is fantastic," Anderson said.

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