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Thursday, January 20, 2011

California Coast Contest for Kids

"Otter Portrait"
Brittani Diehl
12th Grade, Hollister

I'm all about supporting children and the arts when ever and where ever I am. I have volunteered in this area of interest for quite some time now. Today I ran across something that is good for everyone. Good for the kids, good for you and I, and good for the state of California. The California Coastal Commission currently has a contest going on their web page. The Coastal Art & Poetry Contest is open until Jan 31, 2011 and has multiple prizes available.

'By encouraging youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California's beaches and ocean, we hope to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places. A population that cares about the coast is more likely to work to conserve and protect it. '

The contest is open to all California residents in kindergarten through 12th grades. There are five categories for awards in both art and poetry. You can read all about it, find out more info, access the entry form available, etc. here. To help here's some inspiration:
  • Have you ever been to a California beach?
  • What do you do at the beach?
  • What do you see at the beach?
  • What animals live on the coast or in the ocean off California?
  • How are people connected to the ocean?
  • What colors can you see at the beach?
  • What sounds do you hear at the beach?
  • What textures do you feel at the beach?
  • Why do you love the beach or the ocean?
  • What things may harm the California coast?
  • What does the ocean make you think of?
  • How does the ocean make you feel?
  • How can we protect the ocean?
  • Do you have a memory of being at the coast that was special/powerful/sad/comforting/mundane…?
  • What would California/your life/your community be like without the ocean?
  • What is California/your life/your community like because of the ocean?
So parents and educators, I encourage you to work with your children and students and have them get creative while learning a bit about the California coastline. A great idea, support the arts and our children!

For a look at the 2010 Coastal Art and Poetry Contest Winners go here.

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