Visual Arts K-12
Young Arts:
Disciplines: Cinematic Arts, Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, Writing The National Young Arts Foundation (Young Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arisen. Young Arts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected from a pool of more than an average of 11,000 applications (in 2015, the organization received a record-breaking number of more than 12,000 applications), Young Arts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Additionally, Young Arts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

Scholastic Art & Writing

“…to give those high school students who demonstrate superior talent and achievement in things of the spirit and of the mind at least a fraction of the honors and rewards accorded to their athletic classmates for demonstrating their bodily skills.” –Maurice R. Robinson, Founder Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

Hispanic Heritage Art

Governor Rick Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Art/Essay Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Two winners will be selected and notified after September 9, 2016. This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016.
Congressional Art Contest: Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Osceola Student Art Exhibit: Osceola School District Student Art Show reception at Osceola Arts on Saturday, April 30th. Thank you to all of the families and art teachers who came to celebrate The creativity of Osceola County K-12 students shines in the Osceola Student Art Showcase.

National Arts Program

The National Arts Program® provides an uninhibited opportunity for employees and their family members to participate in a professional visual arts exhibition.
FAEA Student Exhibition: K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition The Florida Art Education Association is pleased to provide the K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition to our membership. The purpose of the program is to serve as a statewide assessment for visual art and promote the achievements of students enrolled in visual art classes throughout Florida.

Rotary Student Art Show
Kissimmee West Rotary Annual Art showcase and student awards.

The DALI Statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit

Students are welcome to explore a variety of media such as drawing, collage, watercolor, acrylic, digital photography, and mixed media. In order to accept as many works as possible, the exhibit restricts works to a finished 8”x10” size with no additional borders or mats. If accepted into the show, The Dali Museum frames the work. - See more at:

Bringin' Down the House
We’re giving our young people a chance to shine — one standing ovation at a time. Bringing Down the House is a multi-week program connecting talented, young artists to one another and music industry insiders to build self-confidence, develop new skills, and bring crowds to their feet. Our celebrated venues play host as memorable backdrops for experiences that fuel ambition and kick-start musical careers.

Orlando Museum of Art Selby Student Gallery
Each year the Peggy Crosby Student Gallery exhibits the best work from young artists’ artwork from Seminole County Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools and The School District of Osceola; as well as a special collection of artwork from our very own Summer Art Programs. The Peggy Crosby Student Gallery is free to the public and open during museum hours.

Florida Jr. Duck Stamp Competition

The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum designed to have learned about waterfowl conservation. By creating a unique art entry for their state's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, a student's learning progression can be assessed The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum designed to teach youth about waterfowl and their habitat needs. It works with today's youth to build a lifelong appreciation for wildlife and explore wildlife conservation needs. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the Program encourages students in kindergarten through high school to observe, understand, and ultimately share, what they lifelong appreciation for wildlife and explore wildlife conservation needs. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the Program encourages students in kindergarten through high school to observe, understand, and ultimately share, what they have learned about waterfowl conservation. By creating a unique art entry for their state's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, a student's learning progression can be assessed.

Black History Month Art Contest
Governor Rick Scott’s Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida.

Education Guide Awards

The art contest runs from November - March. To enter the ART CONTEST, contestants must be (a) a student enrolled in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade in a school located in the State of Florida in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Volusia counties, and (b) a legal United States resident of Florida with a unique, personal and valid social security number at time of entering this Contest.

Youth Art Month Flag Contest
Get involved in Youth Art Month by submitting a student design for Florida’s Youth Art Month Flag competition. The theme for this year is, “The Power of Art.” Flag designs should communicate an aspect of Florida’s culture, history and/or geography. The use of the YAM logo is encouraged and the words “The Power of Art” should also be included. One student flag design per student can be electronically submitted to FAEA’s website by January 8 along with a signed permission slip. Forms, as well as the YAM logo, can be found on the website. The winning design will be exhibited along with other state YAM flags in Chicago at the NAEA Conference in March.

Arts for Life

Arts for Life! Recognizes the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida. Annually, Arts for Life! awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 Florida high school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in the visual arts, music, dance, drama, or creative writing.

Hay Bale Contest

KVLS & Osceola County Fair "Heritage Pride~Community Wide" Hay Bale Contest Hay Bale Decorating Contest

Eye for Broadway - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Eye for Broadway is an initiative that connects student artwork and touring Broadway performances with Dr. Phillips Center guests and the Central Florida community.
Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Awards Contest: The Ringling College Creative Awards is a national competition intended to help students in Grades 9-12 face the challenge of communicating through a variety of media in this new century.
Downtown Kissimmee Holiday Window Decorating: Historic downtown Kissimmee offers many amazing experiences to those who visit or call it home. It is made up of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and cafés in addition to a beautiful lakefront, historic homes, and genuine people. Our local merchants are hardworking, wonderful individuals who are involved in our community. In an effort to promote and enhance art and culture in our downtown district, three local organizations have partnered together and are asking for assistance from Art Departments of schools within the city of Kissimmee. Kissimmee Main Street, the Downtown Business Association, and the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council will be teaming up to provide holiday window decorations to businesses in the downtown district. The windows would feature original artwork celebrating the holiday season. This is where we need your help! We are asking for participation from students in Elementary, Middle and High School art programs. We are looking to decorate approximately 30 business windows within the two weeks of December. Each participating Art Program will receive a donation and we would require the art instructor to supervise the design and completion of their student’s windows. The windows will be chosen by each team at random and cash prizes will be awarded to the art programs of the top designs in each school division. The paint supplies will be provided and each teacher will set up their student’s decorating day and time with the Kissimmee Main Street staff. There can be a team of up to 4 students per window decorating, so the more students that participate the more entries each school has for the cash prizes!

KUA Calendar Contest

KUA invites Osceola County students to use the power of art to promote energy conservation in our 22nd annual calendar art contest. The annual talent hunt is open to students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5, including public, private and homeschooled students. Students are asked to use crayons, markers, paints or computer-generated graphics to depict an energy conservation message in their entry. A panel of judges will select twelve entries -- one for each calendar month -- that will be featured in our 2016 printed wall calendar. The 12 winners will each receive $150 cash. One grand prize winner will be selected from the twelve winners and he/she will have their name and artwork added to a KUA vehicle for one year for the entire community to see. The grand winner will also be featured on the calendar's cover. Each student who submits artwork will receive a letter of appreciation and a small prize. In addition, the grand winner's school will receive $750 in art supplies and the school with the most total student entries will receive $500 in art supplies.
Drop Savers Poster Contest: Every year the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) works with local water utilities to sponsors the "Drop Savers" Water Conservation Poster Contest. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water conservation idea, in slogan form, drawing form, or both. The contest allows students to promote water awareness and the importance of water conservation in their daily routines.

Creative Communications Poetry/Essay Contest

Creative Communication is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of our student writing contests is to motivate student writers. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today's student writers.

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 400 prizes totaling more than $50,000 in prize money.

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