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SLIDESHOW: Elephant art, LAUSD kids compete for arts funding for their schools

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One way to secure a little extra arts funding for your school: have the kids draw an elephant.

On Sunday, Los Angeles Unified School District elementary students will compete in the "Love Elephants" art contest at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. First, second and third place winners will earn a share of $2,000 in prize money for their schools' art department. 

A partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Adopt the Arts and the school district, the project aims to "build knowledge and critical thinking about one of the world’s most beloved animals," according to fund's website. It also falls in line with the district's goals of using arts projects for more traditional learning, such as language arts, science and social studies. 

By the way,  the International Fund for Animal Welfare's website includes classroom materials and other resources for teachers.

The students' elephant artwork will be judged by a celebrity panel including musicians Matt Sorum, co-founder of Adopt the Arts, Slash and actor Juliette Lewis. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is donating the prize money.

And the work of all these future Jackson Pollocks will be on display from May 20 to June 8 at the Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue  in Santa Monica. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the dates of the public display. KPCC regrets the error.

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