• What rights does the Second Amendment include, to whom does it apply?
  • Can it be regulated or amended? Do you support it? Are you against it?
  • Should guns be allowed in all public settings, including schools and public buildings?
  • Does it cover assault weapons? Missile launchers? Tanks?
  • What role should guns have in American life?
  • What is the difference in “Gun control” and “gun safety?”
  • Are background checks an invasion of privacy?


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6th Annual Constitution Day
Art Celebration

The ACC Arts and Humanities Division teams up with the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division to sponsor ACC's Annual Constitution Day Celebration. We sponsor artistic and essay contests with a different theme each year. ACC students are asked to create artistic responses to the theme in 2-D and 3-D art, poetry, fiction, personal essay, researched essay, film, performance and cartoon. Cash prizes are offered for First ($200), Second ($100), and Third Place ($50). Winners are celebrated in an artistic exhibition and a reading reception. ACC's 6th Annual Constitution Day Exhibition will run through the month of September in the ACC Highland Business Center Foyer. The reading/reception/award ceremony will be held on Constitution Day itself, September 17, 2013.

Theme for 2013: The Second Amendment

The Sixth Annual Constitution Day Celebrations challenges students to reflect on the Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Students are asked to reflect on this amendment and to respond in an artistic or academic manner to any aspect of the issues posed to the public and to the government by this right.

Reception and Awards Ceremony on September 17th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Highland Business Center foyer.

Students can ask their teachers if this assignment can be substituted for a course requirement. Faculty, of course, have the right to refuse.

2-D and 3-D art works should be submitted to Thomas Hilton, Art Specialist at the Rio Grande Campus, 512.223.3257, thomas.hilton@austincc.edu. Poetry, Fiction, essay, film, performance, and cartoon should be submitted to Dean Lyman Grant at the Rio Grande Campus, Room 3368, 512.223.3352, lgrant@austincc.edu.

2-D art work can be drawings, paintings, computer generated, photographs, prints, etc. No PDF Please. We need to judge based on the original work.

3-D art work can be sculpture or ceramics. Students will be responsible for transporting, if size becomes an issue. Look at the archive on this site for examples of past sculptures and materials. Poems can be of any length, but poems under 50 lines are recommended. Fiction should be under 3000 words.

Personal essays, such as narrative/descriptive or persuasive essays in English Composition I, should be under 1500 words. Most are 500-750 words.

Research papers, such as those in English Composition or History or Government classes, usually are under 2500 words and have at least 3-5 sources correctly documented, internally and in a works cited page. Any format is acceptable (i.e. MLA, CMS, APA) so long as it is consistent in the essay.

Performance pieces. We have yet to receive any performance submissions. We are open to discussions about number of performers, venue, etc. Generally, we would think that a cast or troupe of 2-4 performing in a fairly restricted space would be typical. It is possible to submit a film of a performance if it requires a larger venue and cast.

Films can be delivered on DVD or through YouTube.

Cartoons can be submitted like 2-D art works. Most have been on 8.5 x 11 inch paper or through PDF format.

Prizes will be awarded for the top entries.
Submissions accepted from March through July.

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2013
Winners announced: September 17, 2013