The 2016 Lights On Afterschool poster contest is open for submissions!

by Shaun Gray

Calling all afterschool artists! Your artwork could be displayed at more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events around the world!

We’re looking for eye-catching creatitivty to showcase on this years’ Lights On Afterschool poster! Last year, we received thousands of youth artwork submissions from afterschool programs across the nation. Once again for 2016, we’re encouraging all afterschool program participants to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the Lights On Afterschool. We all know how afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire kids to learn. Now's the time to encourage your afterschool participants to show the world how afterschool has benefited their lives!

The 2016 Lights On Afterschool Poster contest is also a great opportunity for an afterschool program to gain national recognition for the opportunities it offers, as the winning artist's afterschool program will be credited on the poster, too! The winning design will be printed on tens of thousands of posters and mailed to more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events worldwide. The winning artist will also be featured on our websiteblog and a national press release.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.  

Contest details and submission guidelines are available for download now.  Keep in mind that the winning artwork will need to be scanned to become a digital image, so avoid using textures or raised materials. We love bright colors that jump off the poster, so materials that won’t smear or rub off—like markers, paint and pens—often work better than crayons, watercolors or chalk. Feel free to get your future graphic designers and computer programmers involved by encouraging them to submit their artwork in the digital form. Unleash your creativity!

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