Martin Luther King Art Contest

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2020 Contest Details

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and raise awareness about his accomplishments, the City of Bowie Diversity Committee sponsors an annual art contest for Bowie students. The categories of the contest differ depending on the grade of the students, but all are intended to teach students about Dr. King’s legacy. The theme for the 2020 contest is "Lifting Our Voices for Freedom". 

There are three contest categories: 

  • Coloring Contest (K-2) - Participants must color the attached coloring page. Each participant must color the provided picture and submit only one entry. All elements of the drawing must be colored.
    Coloring entry form

  • Poster Contest (3-5) - Participants must create a poster illustrating how Dr. King’s impact inspires others to lift their voices for freedom. To be considered, contestants must submit a poster, a written description of their poster, and an entry form. Typed descriptions are preferred.
    Poster entry form

  • Video Contest (6-12) - Participants must create a video less than 90 seconds in length and must be the student’s original footage and work. It can include photos, drawings, collages, people and more. To be considered, contestants must submit a video entry, a written description of the video, and an entry form.
    Video entry form

The contest deadline is Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

Contest finalists are chosen by the Bowie Diversity Committee soon after the contest deadline. Finalists will be featured at the City's Martin Luther King, Jr. Program on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.

* Eligible Schools 

Students who live within the municipal limits of Bowie or who attend one of the following schools are eligible to participate in City of Bowie contests and programs:

  • Bowie High School
  • Tall Oaks High School
  • Benjamin Tasker Middle School
  • Samuel Ogle Middle School
  • St. Pius X Regional School
  • Grace Christian School
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School (lower campus)
  • Heather Hills Elementary School
  • High Bridge Elementary School
  • Kenilworth Elementary School
  • Northview Elementary School
  • Pointer Ridge Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Tulip Grove Elementary School
  • Whitehall Elementary School
  • Yorktown Elementary School
  • Chapel Forge Special Center
  • C. Elizabeth Rieg Special Center


2019 MLK Contest Winners

Thanks to the more than 300 students who participated in the 2019 Martin Luther King Art Contest organized by the City of Bowie Diversity Committee. Almost 50 finalists were selected across three categories. Their work was featured as part of the City's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 19, 2010 at City Hall.

Congratulations to all the 2019 winners.

Coloring Contest 

  • 1st Place -  Rida Syed, 2nd Grade, Pointer Ridge Elementary School ($75)
  • 2nd Place - Teygan Johns, 2nd Grade, Heather Hills Elementary School ($50)
  • 3rd Place - Azaria Vaaltyn, 2nd Grade, Pointer Ridge Elementary School ($25)

Poster Contest Winners 

  • 1st Place - Anna Newman, 5th Grade, Heather Hills Elementary School ($100)
  • 2nd Place - Joseph Harrison, IV, 4th Grade, St. Pius the Tenth Regional School ($75)
  • 3rd Place - Gavin Miles, 5th Grade, Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School ($50)

Video Contest Winners 

  • 1st Place - Jocelyn Gross, 7th Grade, St. Anne's Episcopal School ($150)
  • 2nd Place - Chizaram Ugboh, 12th Grade, Bowie High School ($125)
  • 3rd Place - Naimah Edward, 6th Grade, Benjamin Tasker Middle School ($100)

2019 Art Contest finalists

View slide show of finalists' art work