Counties Matter Art Contest

NACo Announces “I Love My County Because” Art Contest
Posted on 04/01/2021

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NACo CONTACT: Paul Guequierre,

COUNTY CONTACT: Northampton County, VA/ Jean Flynn Website Content Coordinator

I love my county because...Art Contest

Eastville, VA – Students in Northampton County have an opportunity to show off their love for their local government at the national level. In an effort to bolster civic education in schools and communities and educate youth on the role of county government, the National Association of Counties launched the “I Love My County Because” Art Contest in conjunction with National County Government Month (April) celebration.

NACo is spreading the word about how counties operate to children and young adults across the country ages 18 and under by inviting them to create artwork for a 2021-2022 “Counties Matter” calendar to celebrate April as National County Government Month.

“We encourage all students across Northampton County to submit their artwork to the ‘I Love My County Because’ contest,” said Jean Flynn, website content coordinator for Northampton. “By participating, we hope to raise awareness about county programs and services that impact people’s lives every day.”

Winning artwork will be featured in an 18-month NACo calendar, which will be distributed to NACo members nationwide. Winners will also be announced in County News their artwork will be displayed at NACo’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The competition submission period opens Dec. 7, 2020 and closes May 31, 2021. There is no entry fee.

• Only students living in the United States, who are 18 years of age and younger in grades 1 through 12 during the 2020–2021 academic year are eligible.
• Each submission must be original artwork created in the current school year by one student.

Artwork guidelines
• Submitted artwork must present a county activity that shows how “Counties Matter” and inspired by the sentence “I love my county because…”
• The artwork must reflect some aspect of a county government function, service or program, to celebrate National County Government Month.
• The artwork must be horizontal 11" x 8.5" (PDF or JPEG). The most important elements of the artwork must not extend beyond 10.5" 8" to account for trimming during the calendar production process.

Judging criteria
• Technical skill: The artwork must display artistic skill in painting, drawing or digital art.
• Creativity: The artwork must be original in its expression of a personal vision or voice. It must be the student's own work and cannot be plagiarized or in violation of any copyright.
• Artist’s statement: Along with the artwork, each student is required to submit a statement that explains how “Counties Matter” in their community or complete the sentence “I love my county because…”
Each entry must include the artist’s name, grade, school, county and contact information (for the student, a parent or guardian’s email address and phone number) and a teacher (email address and phone numbers).

Deadline and submission requirements
• The competition submission period closes May 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Students must submit their artwork for consideration via
• The artwork must be submitted as a PDF or JPEG. (Winners will be notified and asked to mail their original artwork to NACo.)
• The artist’s statement including name, age, grade level, school, teacher or art teacher and contact information for a guardian or teacher must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file.
• For digital art or graphic design submissions, the design must be 300 dpi and RGB color.
• Only one submission per student is allowed.
• There is no entry fee.

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government.