FEBRUARY 1, 2022 – It’s time for all of the young artists out there to show off their creativity.
The annual K-12 Student Art Contest is now accepting submissions!
Sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS), the contest is open to all students in grades K-12 across the Americas (North, Central, and South Americas, and the Caribbean).
That’s right, all students from these locations who are in grades K-12 can participate even without a tie to the Coast Guard. Additionally, students living outside of the previously listed regions can participate but only if they have one or more parent on active duty in the Coast Guard.
This year’s theme is “New Technologies for Greener Shipping.” Students should submit an original poster based on this theme which reflects the need to support environmentally friendly technologies leading to a sustainable future for shipping.
Winners are scheduled to be announced in May 2022. Two grand-prize winners will receive a cash prize and a Coast Guard congratulatory package.
Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists by May 13. Winners will be required to submit their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. The winning artwork will be featured on the NAMEPA, USCG, and CIP-OAS websites, as well as on a printed bilingual (English & Spanish) calendar distributed throughout the Americas. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners.
Two grand-prize winning artists, chosen from the finalists in each of the grade brackets, will receive a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package, in addition to the certificate and calendar.
THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2022, WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY MAY 13, 2022.
For additional information and how to enter the contest, please visit: https://namepa.net/education/art-contest/
Winning artwork from previous years can be found here: https://www.uscg.mil/Resources/Civil-Rights/studentartcontest/
Story by Patrick Ferraris
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters