Youth Call for Artists: Celebrating Clean Water

Youth Call for Artists: Celebrating Clean Water

THEME:   Celebrating Clean Water, Igniting the Future

Exhibition dates:  April 1 – December 30, 2019

Fifty years ago, the Cuyahoga River was once one of the most polluted rivers in the United States. It was so polluted that it caught fire on thirteen different occasions. One memorable fire took place in 1969. On June 22nd around 12 pm, floating pieces of oil slicked debris were ignited by sparks caused by a passing train. Flames from the burning Cuyahoga River reached to heights of over five stories and lasted between twenty and thirty minutes.

This particular burning of the river not only attracted national attention, but inspired Congress to pass the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). This act helped establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. One of the first legislations that the EPA put-forth was the Clean Water Act (1972), which mandated all rivers throughout the United States to be hygienically safe for swimmers and fish. The Cuyahoga River is now home to about sixty different species of fish, and is used to transport both kayakers and steel. But many threats to clean water persist, including plastic pollution, climate change, invasive species, and algae blooms. It’s up to all of us to protect water, our most precious natural resource.

June 22, 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Burning. In celebration of our accomplishments and to further inspire future conservatory, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is challenging all Northeast Ohio Youth Art Students to use their creativity and artistic talent to express and make the connection of the importance of our rivers, lakes and oceans to you and the world! Winning artwork will be displayed in the Youth Art Gallery located on the Arriving Flights level at CLE.

There is no cost to participate as a youth artist. Youth artists interested in submitting must complete the entry form and submit any digital/original samples by:

***Friday, February 22, 2019 by 5 p.m.


All public and private school students, youth groups and individual youth artists in the age groups shown below are invited to submit two-dimensional (2D) works of art for consideration.

Age Groups:
Junior Category 
Group I: Age 6-10
Intermediate Category Group II: Age 11-14
Senior Category Group III: Age 15-18


All entries must be submitted online.

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