Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 17) and the International Year of the Salmon by having your classroom participate in the Greater Atlantic Region’s Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. “We invite Massachusetts schools as well as schools from anywhere in the U.S. and beyond to submit entries!…In addition to school entries, home school and individual entries are welcome.” Submissions are due April 19th and selections will be featured in a group show at Gloucester’s NOAA headquarters. Last year (photos below of 2018 group show) I noticed some Massachusetts schools participated including Manchester and Beverly.
Read more about the contest guidelines and prizes
Endangered Species Day
Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 17) and the International Year of the Salmon by having your classroom participate in the Greater Atlantic Region’s Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. Endangered and threatened species need our help. Students’ artwork will showcase their knowledge and commitment to protecting these animals. We invite Massachusetts schools as well as schools from anywhere in the U.S. and beyond to submit entries!
International Year of the Salmon
2019 Special Category
Throughout 2019, NOAA Fisheries will be celebrating the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) with their partners in conservation across the globe. IYS provides a unique opportunity for people across the world to learn more about salmon and the epic journeys these fish take from our fresh water streams out into international oceans. Connecting people and countries across the world, these remarkable fish need your help in promoting healthy oceans and rivers. That’s why NOAA Fisheries is encouraging students to celebrate IYS by submitting salmon art for our Endangered Species Art Contest. Salmon-centric submissions will be eligible for a special category prize and will help spread the IYS message about salmon conservation!
Artwork should highlight one or more marine endangered or threatened species from the New England/Mid-Atlantic region. Animals should be portrayed in their natural habitat. Text highlighting why the animals are important and what people can do to protect them may also be included. Younger students, in grades K-2, who may not understand the threats to endangered species (i.e., pollution, fishing, etc.) are encouraged to portray the animal in its natural habitat instead. For more information on each species, visit our Endangered Species Day website.
- Grades K-2: salmon and non-salmon
- Grades 3-5: salmon and non-salmon
- Grades 6-8: salmon and non-salmon
- Grades 9-12: salmon and non-salmon
- In addition to school entries, home school and individual entries are welcome.
- Artwork may be in the form of a painting, drawing, or sculpture (clay, recycled trash, etc.). Painting/drawing may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil. Chalk and pastel entries should be sprayed with a fixative to safeguard artwork.
- Two-dimensional artwork may be matted, but might be trimmed by NOAA staff. The physical size of submitted artwork itself must be 8 1/2” x 11” and less than 1/8”thick (not including matting). Three-dimensional artwork must be no bigger than 24” x 24” x 24”. Please make sure the artwork is dry and secure.
- Image must be a live portrayal of a native marine endangered or threatened species in the New England/Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Entries depicting other species will be disqualified from the contest.
- Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable species. Techniques may include but are not limited to scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, and/or pointillism. No photography, light sketching, or computer-generated art. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork for this contest.
- Design entries must be entrant’s original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists’ works. Entrants may rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant’s own creation and idea.
- Entries should NOT include any brand names (i.e., shopping bags that say “Market Basket” on them). Because we recommend viewing endangered species from afar so that they won’t be disturbed, we kindly ask that NO human swimmers, snorkelers, or scuba divers be drawn in the artwork.
Each entry must have the name of the student, teacher, school, state, grade, and title of the artwork on the back of the submission in pencil. Please send your students’ artwork in one package (one entry per student). Select the best sculptures to submit to the contest.
Entries must be submitted or be postmarked by Friday, April 12, 2019. They should be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
The chosen artists in each of the four grade categories will be invited to an award ceremony at the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) in Gloucester, MA on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 4pm EST. Students whose artwork receives an Honorable Mention or is chosen for display in the gallery will also be invited to the ceremony and will receive a certificate. Following the award ceremony, guests are welcome to view the artwork gallery exhibiting some of the submitted entries and our exhibits related to these species. If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, the event will be aired live on Facebook. The artwork will be displayed in the GARFO lobby throughout May.
In addition, the winning and honorable mention entries will be featured in a 2019-2020 calendar available online. The winners’ schools will receive printed posters of their students’ artwork.
Submissions become property of the NOAA Fisheries. Through submission of artwork, entrants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works. The artwork will be returned to the artists in June. Though NOAA Fisheries will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care, NOAA Fisheries is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during the shipment of entries through the mail.
If you have any questions, please contact Edith Carson-Supino at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 282-8490.