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An “art”-Venture Results in Fun Patch


Annika Krizmanich didn’t just create a design for our artVenture patch contest—this 11-year-old artist and innovator did her research and incorporated past artVenture art into her entry! Annika’s resourcefulness certainly paid off when her design was selected as the winning entry in this year’s patch contest.

artVenture is a unique Spirit of Nebraska program that inspires Girl Scouts to tap into their imagination when they work side-by-side with local, professional artists. In this collaborative environment, amazing works of art are created.

Because artVenture is all about collaboration, Lori Williamson, our council program manager, wanted girl input for the artVenture fun patch. She decided that the best way to get girls involved would be for them design and create the patch! Every girl who participates in artVenture gets a patch, and it is an honor to have your design is selected!

The Girl Scout who creates the winning design also gets to team up with a Spirit of Nebraska graphic specialist and learns how to take the art from design to patch production. Yet another art exploration opportunity!

Annika was super excited about winning and for the chance to work with a professional designer.

Designer Lucia Kroeger Renz introduced Annika to the Girl Scout color palette and coached the young artist on how to incorporate certain colors into her design.

“Annika is like me,” Lucia said. “She likes to tinker and putter around with her designs. She’s a perfectionist.”

Annika, a Cadette Girl Scout who lives in Omaha, enjoys art so much that her classmates call her ‘The Artist.’ And, like many girls her age, she loves horses and horseback riding. She frequently sketches horses and is proud of how her drawings have improved through the years. She even managed to work a horse into her patch design!

Check out Annika’s design and the other contest entries in our photo gallery!

Click on the image below to view the entire gallery.

2017 artVenture Patch Design Entries