Creative Bergen Youth Contest Overview
Sponsored by Creative Bergen / A Sustainable Jersey Bergen County Hub Initiative
THEME | Climate Hope: Art for Change
Creative Bergen Youth invites all middle school students in Bergen County to learn about environmental issues and express their voices through artistic activism. As the consequences of climate change unfold, it is essential for students to develop awareness about the current state of crisis and contribute to mitigating the detrimental effects. This awareness can be grown through the creation of artwork, and students can spread their passion for protecting the environment through the power of artistic expression.
Within the overarching theme of Climate Hope: Art for Change, students are asked to focus their art on one of three topics.
Ocean and/or Arctic Conservation
Land Conservation and/or Biodiversity Protection
As you create your artwork, track how much time you spend in total so you can report and receive community service hours. There is a question where you can write the number of hours you spent in the submission form below.
Also, a first, second, and third place winner will be selected by a panel of judges, and winning artists will receive cash prizes of up to $200. Artwork will be judged based on visual impact, creative interpretation, compositional design, craftsmanship, and how well the piece addresses the theme of their choice.
INTRODUCTION TO ARTISTIC ACTIVISM
Submit one work of original art
Submit the artwork as a jpeg or png file (less than 10 MB)
Title the image with the student’s name and art title
Art must be 2D on paper or canvas
e.g. Acrylic painting, oil-pastel painting, watercolor painting, colored pencil, paper collage
3D art (e.g. sculptures) will not be accepted
Digital art (e.g. Adobe Illustrator design) will not be accepted
Submit a written artist statement between 50 and 150 words reflecting on your creative inspiration and environmental message in your artwork. Consider how your work portrays the theme of climate hope (in the submission form below).
Submit your artwork by May 7th at 11:59 PM in the link below.
TOPIC RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION & INSPIRATION
Although you are selecting one topic to focus your artwork on, please keep in mind that all environmental issues may be interconnected in some way.
Ocean / Arctic Conservation
Marine Life and Climate Change
Plastic Pollution and Marine Life
Oceans and Environmental Justice
Land Conservation / Protecting Biodiversity
Global Warming and Deforestation
Why fossil fuels must stay in the ground
The Harmful Effects of Fossil Fuels
The Future of Renewable Energy.