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Youth Art Contest

Participate in the Youth Art Contest "Re-Imagining Historic Spaces"

Through this year's Historic Preservation Month, we are introducing a new event, a youth art contest that encourages participants (geared towards high school students) in Tacoma to interact with historic landmarks around town. The contest asks that youth imagine that they have been selected to create a visual art installation for one of three pre-selected historic Tacoma landmarks. Participants may choose to execute their vision for: Old City Hall, Cushman Substation, or Union Station. The Historic Preservation Office has selected a panel of local artists who will choose 8-10 submissions that will be displayed at Honey Coffee + Kitchen on May 15, 2019, 6-8 PM. The event will be a gallery style presentation where attendees will be able to vote on their favorite piece of art anonymously. Three winners will be announced at the event and prizes will be distributed. 


Submit your artwork to Tacoma’s Youth Art Contest, “Re-Imaging Historic Spaces”


I’m a young artist-how do I get started?

All of the information needed to get started is in a resource packet for students. The packet offers a choice of three historical Tacoma landmarks along with their history.  For each landmark, the packet offers context, historic images, and current developments. To spark your imagination, the packet also includes examples of visual art installations from around the world. 


View the Resource Packet


I’m a teacher-is this appropriate for my classroom?  

Yes! The resource packet is designed for use by teachers and students. 


Submission Guidelines

Submissions to the Youth Art Contest should follow these guidelines:


Format. Artists may use any medium(s) of their choice (painting, drawing, digital, etc.) 


Submission. Take a photo of your submission or convert to .jpeg or PDF format for digital artwork and submit it via email to dpatterson3@cityoftacoma.org.


Deadline. Submissions will be accepted between March 1-April 30, 2019. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2019.


Participants. Should live in Pierce County and be 18 or under (or enrolled in high school.)



Please visit the Historic Preservation Month website or contact dpatterson3@cityoftacoma.org.


The competition is presented by the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office.


Youth Art Contest