California officials want to tap the inventive minds of 4th- and 5th-graders around the state to help address the region's drought problem.
In a new contest announced Wednesday by the California Arts Council, students are invited to design a poster that showcases unique and creative ways to reduce water consumption. The winners' artwork will be displayed in the State Capitol.
"The arts offer a unique way to illuminate reality," said Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council, in a statement. "We hope the Conservation Creativity Challenge contest will help students engage with these important conservation values in new and fun ways."
California is in a state of extreme drought. The dry period started back in 2012. In 2013, just 7.93 inches fell across the state, according to the National Climatic Data Center. That's more than 14 inches short of normal and the driest in about 120 years of recorded history.
The contest is a partnership between the state arts council and the California Department of Water Resources. The contest is in keeping with the state school curriculum on environmental issues.
A first, second and third place winner will be selected from each grade level. According to the state website, entries can be made from a range of materials:
Students may use construction paper, plain bond paper, drawing paper or art board. Crayons, felt pens, colored chalks, paints, water colors and grease pencils may be used. Artwork is not limited to these materials—student creativity is encouraged! Posters must be two-dimensional in order to qualify.
Full rules and details are available online. Entries must be postmarked by March 31.