Burundian-American youth wins a trip to D.C. through art!
This Burundian-American youth has been invited to go to Washington D.C. because of her art!
Gloria Dusenge has won a competitive award that allowed her to travel to Washington D.C with her mother.
In this national art competition, each state selects one individual who wins a trip to DC. Gloria was the only winning artist who was chosen to represent the state of Arizona in D.C.
About the Congressional Art Competition
The congressional art competition is a yearly competition where students by themselves or through the help of their teachers enter an artwork to their representative’s office. From there a panel of district artists chooses the winning art piece. Winners are recognized at their district and at the annual awards ceremony in Washington DC.
According to Gloria, the winner received an all expense paid trip (flight and hotel) to Washington DC and was able to take one person there as well. The winner also received spending cash for the two-day stay in Washington D.C.
All the winners’ paintings are displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. Today, her artwork is now posted in the House of Congress in the heart of the nation’s capital.
About Gloria’s artwork
“This piece was about questing my identity and essentially a question of who I am beyond the surface or facade I subconsciously put on. It was an examination of who I am, a recognition of me that is void of the fronts and unrealistic self-implemented illusions” says Gloria.
Most importantly Dusenge says her artwork was about her being confused about who she is. She asks, “A Burundian or American? – because it seems to me that I am a stranger or imposter of both nationalities. A girl without a home or country, a nomad of sorts.”
Gloria Dusenge is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). She is soon to be a senior at North High School in Arizona.
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