The 10th Annual and final “Have a HeART for Art” competition will be held Friday, March 2 at the Emergent Arts Building at 341 Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs from 5:30-7:30. The art will continue to be on display through March 11.

“Have a HeART for Art” was created by the Nancy and David Bartlett in memory of their daughter, and Lakeside High School graduate, Michelle Bartlett who died in 2003 with an undetected heart condition at the age of 23. The purpose of the program is to educate students in Garland County Schools about heart disease and its prevention through educational art curriculum and creative art activities. Heart Healthy educational materials, resources and worksheets are at 

The contest, which is sponsored by The Bartlett Family, Simmons Bank and National Park Medical Center, is open to public, private and home school students.

The first annual Have a Heart for Art was held in 2009 at the Historic Malco Theater with 11 Garland County Public and Private schools participating. Invitations were expanded in the following years to Home School students as well as participating Art Teachers. The program is now in its 10th year and has expanded to include a total of 25 schools throughout Garland and Hot Spring counties. For the past two years Michelle’s nephews, Bart, Henry and Callan Marshall have gotten involved in the planning of the event from Arlington, VA.  

This year, 25 public and private schools throughout Garland and Hot Spring Counties are participating in creating an art piece utilizing a heart motif for competition after classroom discussion of heart health. Each teacher is allowed to determine the format, which could be 2D, 3D or multimedia     

Two submissions per grade per school are selected by faculty and submitted for competition and exhibition at the event on March 2. More than $1000 in total prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: Overall Grand Prize, Overall Second Place, K-3rd Grade First Place, K-3rd Grade Second Place, 4-6th Grade First Place, 4-6th Grade second place, 7-9th Grade First Place, 7-9th Grade Second place, 10-12th Grade First place, 10-12th grade second place, “Chel Award”, “Special Middle Award”, Peoples’ Choice Award and Teachers Category.

About Michelle Bartlett:

Michelle was a second-year law student at the University of Arkansas when she died in September, 2003, at the age of 23 from an undetected heart condition. A 1998 honors graduate of Lakeside High School, Michelle served as Senior Class President and was a 4 year letterman on the Ram tennis team.  At the University of Arkansas she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the University Judiciary Board graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Michelle was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. Michelle had a love for children and creating art, with one of her last projects being the Children’s Chapel at First United Methodist Church.