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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 Sept. 10, 2021). 
  • Deadline: Entry forms must be received by Sept. 10, 2021. Artwork cannot be delivered until Sept. 18 (see below).
  • What to use:
    • Artwork must be made up 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.
    • 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.
    • Fasteners (such as glue and tape), crayons and nontoxic markers and paint.
  • Theme: “Animals of North America.” Artwork should include animals found in North America.
  • How big?
    • Artwork must be no bigger than 2 feet high by 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep.
    • 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 child 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.
    • 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 offs will take place Sept. 18-26 at Guest Services or Membership office in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
  • Artwork will be virtually displayed on our website and social media.
  • Winners will be notified the week of Sept. 27 after judging is completed.
  • Artwork must be picked up by Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, unless other arrangements are made.