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Santa Monica Cares Art Contest

July 25, 2020 12:50 PM
by Erin Taylor

Santa Monica Cares Art Contest

Ever wish you could spend all day coloring pictures? We do too! The health benefits of art include relieving stress for adults and kids alike and in these times of physical distancing and spending more time at home, creating art is more important than ever. Children ages 13 and under are invited to show their appreciation and love for all things local with the Santa Monica Cares Art Contest. 

As more of our city slowly opens up, we thank the first responders who have played a frontline role in this crisis from the beginning. The Cares contest artwork is dedicated to:

  1. Thanking the essential employees who continue to serve our community on the frontlines as we fight the current public health crisis, and
  2. Showing our collective commitment to recovery efforts. To enter, use the contest artwork found below and create away!

There are two art contest options: Option 1 and Option 2

After your masterpiece is complete, hang in your window to show your support for frontline employees. Then, post a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #SantaMonicaCares or send a photo to with your name and age. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity and depth of emotion their artwork evokes. One winner per age category will receive a swag bag with fun items to celebrate our beachside city including 4 passes to Pacific Park, a beach picnic, bike from a local bike shop, Santa Monica t-shirt, children’s book by a local author and Big Blue Bus toy. The contest deadline is August 15, 2020. Winners of the coloring contest will be contacted in August to claim their prizes.

Unfortunately, if you’re over 13 you are not eligible. But you can live vicariously through your kids as they complete their entry. Children in the following age groups are eligible to participate:

  • Group 1: Ages 4, 5, 6
  • Group 2: Ages 7, 8, 9
  • Group 3: Ages 10, 11, 12, 13

Contestants must color their own entry, without assistance from other parties. Each child may submit one colored picture that may be decorated with crayons, markers, paint, pencils . . . any method you like! For questions, email

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