Voting begins on UScellular’s Black History Month Art Contest

Online voting now is open in UScellular’s third annual Black History Month Art Contest with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. 

The public is invited to visit to vote for their favorite piece of art.

This year, UScellular introduced a new element to the contest with partnership from the Quad Cities-based Boys & Girls Clubs. The young artists and club members were encouraged to create original pieces of artwork in recognition of influential Black STEM icons including historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators.

Club representatives selected the 10 finalists based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. The artists range in age from 6 to 12 and are from Davenport and Moline.

Voting is open until Feb. 28 at

Anyone 18 years or older can vote for their favorite piece of art. Individuals also can view a digital artwork display featuring the 10 finalists at UScellular’s retail store at 351 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport.

The top three vote-getters will be announced in March. Prizes include gift cards: $250 for first place; $150 for second place; and $100 for third place.

“We are thrilled to work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley on this contest to help honor Black STEM icons and showcase youth in our community,” said Joshua Olbricht, UScellular’s director of sales for east Iowa. “This year’s art highlights the artistic talent among the club members, while giving them a chance to learn more about the impact Black people have made in STEM. We encourage the community to check out the art and vote online.”

UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM education and is committed to connecting more than 200,000 of tomorrow’s innovators each year with the resources they need today to help shape future opportunities. 


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