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Youth Art Contest

The Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission organizes an annual Youth Art Contest


In the early 1990's, the Civic Cultural Commission recognized a continual reduction in the amount of class time Redwood City students spent on the arts. To address this and to encourage students to become more creatively active, the Civic Cultural Commission worked to organize an art contest for all Redwood City grade school students.

The Youth Art Contest was first held in 1991. In 1993, the Civic Cultural Commission invited High School students to participate in the art contest, but that only lasted one year. In 1995, the Civic Cultural Commission partnered with the Historic Resources Advisory Committee on a historic theme for the Youth Art Contest in honor of Historic Preservation Week. In 1999 and 2000, the Youth Art Contest included poetry. In 2009, the Civic Cultural Commission partnered with the Redwood City Education Foundation to include essays along side the Art Contest entries. 2011 will represent the 20th year anniversary of the Youth Art Contest.

The number of art contest entries has ranged from 149 up to 2,684. For more details, please see our Art Contest History data sheet.



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