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Treasurer Meisner connects financial literacy with the Arts

 

PONTIAC: Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner is launching the 9th year of his innovative program that invites high school students to submit original pieces of art that promote financial literacy, dubbed the Financial Literacy Art Contest.

 

Last year 116 students competed for scholarships handed out by Meisner and Flagstar Bank. This year Meisner is continuing his efforts to expand participation from public high schools to teach more students and communities about the importance of financial literacy.

 

“My goal is to reach Oakland County youth with our office’s message of financial empowerment. Through friendly competition and creativity, we can inspire our youth to think critically about their personal finances. Our students need to develop financial literacy skills today to take control their finances, instead of their finances controlling them tomorrow,” said Meisner.

 

To expand the number of schools and students eligible for scholarships, Meisner has extended the deadline to submit artwork to March 20, 2020. Last year nine high schools participated. Over the past eight years, the art contest has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships. “Art is an effective medium for our youth to express their anxieties and knowledge about personal finances. We are reaching out to art teachers, parent groups, school boards, and community groups to recruit more student artists,” Meisner said.

 

In April, National Financial Literacy Month, Meisner will host a public art gallery and distribute scholarships to winning student-artists at Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts.

 

To submit artwork or learn more about the contest, students and teachers should visit www.oakgov.com/treasurer/gallery.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andy Meisner is the Treasurer of Oakland County. As Treasurer, he focuses on preserving property values, preventing mortgage and tax foreclosure, and prudent stewardship and investment of Oakland County taxpayer dollars. He can be reached at 248-858-0624 or meisnera@oakgov.com with questions about the Financial Literacy Art Contest or any other services offered by his office.

 

 

 
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