File photo. Brigham City Museum director Alana Blumenthal. Photo by Rod Boam.

BRIGHAM CITY —  The Brigham City Museum is inviting students from northern Utah to be part of an essay contest starting in March, the winners of the contest will be included in a big Smithsonian exhibit focused on rural areas and how they’ve changed over the years.

The exhibit will open in May at the museum.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, museum director Alana Blumenthal said they are very fortunate to be the only northern Utah stop for this traveling Smithsonian exhibition.

She said the theme is “Crossroads Change in Rural America”.

“In addition to other programming and the exhibition that we’re planning, to be able to invite the students, the people who are living these changes to get involved, to share their own thoughts and reflect on change that they’re seeing in their community and that they see coming in the future. And then to get to be involved with the program and even have a few of the essays and artists to be featured right alongside this content from the Smithsonian. We are so excited to see what the students create,” she explained.

Blumenthal said it’s for all students K through 12 in public schools, charter schools, even home school students, and it involves both essays and art work.

“For the art work, maybe draw your backyard or create a representation of something that has changed in your town since you started school. For the essays, one of the questions we’re asking is, ‘What would you do if you were mayor, and some of the selected essays from that will actually be read and presented by the mayor of Brigham City in a special program.”

She said this will hopefully really engage the students and show them that not only is there change going on around them, but there is room for their voice to be a part of that change.

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