High school artists encouraged to sign up for prestigious competition

Calling all Fort Worth high school students: the fifth annual Betsy Price Art Competition is now accepting entries.

Selected students will be showcased in a group exhibition May 1-18 at Fort Works Art. The grand prize entry will hang outside the mayor’s office at City Hall for a year.

Every year, close to 600 North Texas high school students apply for the exhibition, with a juror selecting 40 exemplary works to be included in the show. Last year’s exhibition was juried by Andrew J. Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Apply by March 31.

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Certified Minority Business Enterprises encouraged to bid on city construction projects

The City of Fort Worth is looking for qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to bid on its construction projects or provide construction-related services.

The city’s Business Diversity Enterprise Ordinance allows participation dollars from certified MBE subcontractors to be counted toward the city’s MBE Subcontracting Program for construction-related projects.

The MBE designation includes African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native American Indians who are located within the six-county marketplace of Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties.

To participate, interested MBEs must be certified by a third-party agency that is accepted by the City of Fort Worth, such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council or the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.

Once certified, interested MBEs can search for open bids on the city’s Purchasing page.

For construction or construction-related bids, the city will not accept Small Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Woman-Owned Business Enterprise or other certifications.

Learn more about the City of Fort Worth’s Business Diversity Enterprise program by calling 817-392-2674 or emailing mwbeoffice@fortworthtexas.gov.

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