Treasures of the Texas Coast: Art Contest Open for Texas Youth

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Each year, the Texas General Land Office hosts an art contest with the aim of encouraging Lone Star State youth to reflect on the beauty and wonders of our state’s coastline. On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush pronounced the 2020 Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest open for entries.

Young Texans interested in entering the contest should ensure their artwork is based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast.” They should also depict why the Texas coast is important or special to them. The top 40 pieces of art will appear in a 2021 calendar which will be distributed throughout the state. “The Texas Coastline is one of the many treasures that makes our great state unique,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “The Adopt-A-Beach Art Contest gives children an early opportunity to learn more about the Texas coast and discover the importance of keeping it clean. It is encouraging and inspiring to see children appreciating the wildlife and natural beauty of our coast through their own artwork and talent.”

Treasures of the Texas Coast: Art Contest Open for Texas Youth

Photo: Flickr/NOAA Marine Debris Program

All 40 winners of the Texas General Land Office art contest will be the proud recipients of a certificate of recognition, a ticket to the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium, two tickets to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston, prizes, and a calendar that displays the winning artwork. There will also be one Grand Prize Winner selected from the submissions who will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any destination of their choosing within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They will also win a 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico, not to mention a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston.

Treasures of the Texas Coast: Art Contest Open for Texas Youth

Photo: National Park Service

The teacher of the grand prize winner will also be the recipient of a prize package that includes two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. The winning artwork from the contest will be placed on display in the South Central Gallery at the state capitol in Austin, in the Texas Hill Country, May 20 – 27, 2020, sponsored by State Representative Dennis Paul. Students wishing to enter must postmark their art by Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Texas General Land office art contest guidelines and entry form are available at the link provided here, on the Adopt-A-Beach website.