Water Is Life Student Art Contest


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It's time for JCSD's Annual Water Is Life Student Art Contest!

Our goal is to celebrate the talent of our local budding artists while highlighting the importance of water conservation.

 Contest Theme

“Water is Life,” as it relates to the stewardship and conservation of our precious natural resource, water. This means wise and efficient water use inside and outside of the home, at school, in the community, in business and industry, in agriculture, and in recreation. The importance of clean and reliable water to public health has been made even more clear this past year. Additionally, climate change is already stressing Southern California’s water supplies. Every watershed that the Southland depends on, from the Colorado River to the Sierra Nevada, to our own groundwater basins, is becoming less reliable. This theme of water conservation and stewardship should be reflected in the artwork. 

Art Contest Guidelines

  • Artwork, whether digital or conventional, should be drawn horizontally (landscape), 12” x 18” or 8.5” x 11” in size, (under/oversized artwork WILL NOT be eligible) and drawn on white poster board or white drawing paper (no lines). 
  • Students should use BOLD, BRIGHT, and BRILLIANT colors using colored pencils, markers, paint, ink, fabric, cut paper, watercolors, and/or digital art. If students elect to use crayons, we request that they select dark colors as the lighter colors do not show up well for reproduction purposes.
  • A short message about water MUST be written concisely and fewer words are better than more.
  • NO trademark or copyrighted artwork will be accepted.
  • Students artwork should focus on water conservation.
  • Art duplicating the artwork of past winners will be disqualified.
  • Art/artist may win in one category only.
  • Must be able to digitally submit a photo, scan or file of the artwork.

Grade Category

One grand prize winner from each of the grade categories will be awarded.

  • K-5 Grade Category
  • 6-8 Grade Category
  • 9-12 Grade Category

Student Prizes

The winning students from each grade category will receive a plaque featuring their artwork and a prize. Each artist, their artwork, and their teacher will also be featured in an edition of JCSD's Community Newsletter, which is mailed to more than 28,000 JCSD customers. Winning artwork will go on to the Metropolitan Student Art Calendar Contest with other student's artwork from all over Southern California.

Contest Deadline

All completed art entries must be submitted on here on this website by June 18th, 2021, no later than 11:59pm.


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 Student Artwork Rights/ Parental Approval

Any submission becomes the property of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) and the participating agency, and the submission may or may not be returned. Metropolitan and the participating agency have the right to use any selected poster for its "Water is Life" calendar and promotional items, and for any other Metropolitan public relations use. This includes but is not limited to Metropolitan's web site, display of the original or copies of a poster at exhibit events and reproduction of copies on such items as t-shirts, stickers and postcards. 

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