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Kids' Green Art Contest

Contest Guidelines

  • Who can enter: Contest is open to all children ages 17 and under (must still be 17 as of Aug. 26, 2017). 
  • Deadline: Entry forms must be received by Aug. 11, 2017. Artwork cannot be delivered until Aug. 19 (see below).
  • What to use: Artwork must be made of at least 90% recycled material.  These would be items that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled after use.  Items include: metal cans, plastic bottles and containers, paper, cardboard, etc.
  • What to use: All materials used in artwork must be clean and safe – no rough edges – and it must be sturdy. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is not responsible for any damage to artwork.
  • What to use: Fasteners (such as glue and tape), crayons and nontoxic markers and paint.
  • Theme: South America. Artwork should include animals found in South America.
  • How big? Artwork must be no bigger than 2 feet high by 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep.
  • How big? Artwork must be light enough to be carried by one person. 
  • What else? All artwork must be the sole and original work of the participator.  Parents/guardians may provide minimal help.
  • How many entries? One art project per member may be submitted.
  • Power supply? Electrical outlets will not be available for display.
  • What the judges look for: Originality, use of recycled materials, presentation and conservation message.
  • Prizes: All participants will receive a participation prize.
  • Prizes: Contest entries will be divided by age, and a winner will be chosen from each age category. An overall contest winner also will be chosen. Winners will receive prizes such as animal sponsorships and plush-toy animals.
  • What to do: Drop off artwork at the Zoological Society office at the Milwaukee County Zoo starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.  Special arrangements must be made ahead of time by calling Becky at 414-258-2333, ext. 201.
  • Artwork will be displayed at the Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Zoological Society’s Animal Safari.
  • Judging will take place on Aug. 26.  Winners will be announced that day in the Peck Welcome Center. Participants do not need to be present to win.
  • Artwork must remain on display at the Zoo until 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.  After that time, you can pick up projects at the display table or in the Zoological Society office after 2 p.m.
  • Artwork must be picked up by Sunday, Sept. 3, unless other arrangements are made.  After Sept. 3, any artwork left behind will be recycled.

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