Atlantic City, NJ

September 20, 2017

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Atlantic City to attend the Miss America Competition for the very first time. It was such an amazing experience seeing it live in person as apposed to through social media updates or the television screen. I was able to attend the pageant for all of the preliminary part of the competition which allowed me to watch all of the contestant's talents. The talent portion is my absolute FAVORITE portion of the Miss America competition. It was so wonderful to see how each of these smart and accomplished women were also talented as well.  



People in the pageant world often ask me reasons why I think art is relevant and the Miss America competition is a testament to why it is pertinent in our society. There would be no talent portion of the competition if it wasn't for the arts. Every young woman up on that stage was showing their artistic abilities wether it be singing, dancing, playing an instrument or doing a ventriloquist act. I truly believe that each of these young women involved in the arts is not only intelligent because of the schools and the educations they received but because they were involved in one type of art or another. 

 The talent portion of the Miss America competition was not the only artistic thing going on in Atlantic City while I was there. Walking up and down the Boardwalk allowed me to see just a few artistic things going on around town. There were many statues built up and down the Boardwalk as well as other places in the city. One of them was my very favorite statue of Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan. Another group of statues together that I found was the New Jersey Korean War Memorial. 





I truly believe that art like the statue above is just another reason why art is important along side education. It brings up a conversation of our history and makes the lesson more visual. 

One of the most artistic things that I feel like I saw in Atlantic City was the costumes that each contestant designed for the Show Us Your Shoes Parade. Each contestant had unique costumes that represented their states.  


I could honestly go on and on about all of the art that I saw in Atlantic City. These were just a few of my favorite things that I saw while I was in the city! Hope you enjoyed! 



                 Ali B. 


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