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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

October 19, 2010 08:35 ET

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Hosts Fine Arts Contest for Students

Two Winners Will Each Receive $4,000 Cash

HUDSON, OH--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (NYSE: JAS), the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, wants to help students develop their inner artists. The Jo-Ann Fine Arts Contest 2010 is underway with great opportunities to win cash and prizes.

"Art is a wonderful way for kids to express themselves," states Brent Beebe, vice president, general merchandise manager, crafts for Jo-Ann. "We know that it can enhance the learning process and want to encourage children to develop their creativity in hopes that it will help them succeed as young adults."

According to Americans for the Arts, young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often

Entering the contest is easy. Simply paint, draw or sketch an original work of visual art addressing the theme, Scenes of Nature, using materials purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores or Complete an official entry form, available at any Jo-Ann store, or at Mail the completed entry form along with a photograph of the artwork and a copy of the® or Jo-Ann store register receipt(s) showing the purchase of the items used to make the artwork to: Fine Arts Contest Entries, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., 5555 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236. All entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2011 and received by February 7, 2011.

All eligible entries will be separated into two different age groups for purposes of judging: High School: 9th - 12th grades (ages 14-18) and college: freshman - seniors (ages 18-23). Judging will be based on quality, workmanship, originality, creativity and adherence to theme.

Upon completion of the judging process, the following prizes will be awarded, one per age group:

  • 1st Place winner: $4,000 cash & over $400 worth of products
  • 2nd Place winner: $1,500 cash & over $200 worth of products
  • 3rd Place winner: $1,000 cash & over $100 worth of products
  • Honorable Mention: $100 Jo-Ann Gift Card & over $50 worth of products

For more information on the Jo-Ann Fine Arts Contest and official rules, log onto To find the Jo-Ann location nearest you, log onto

About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (NYSE: JAS) the nation's largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 48 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, more than 750 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information, visit

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