Submissions sought for youth art contest

Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. March 1 for an annual competition intended to support young artists in the Grand Junction area.

The theme for the 10th annual Art Beat contest is “Fresh Eyes.” Youth may enter drawings, essays, lyrics, photographs, poems, short stories or other art forms that describe or portray an event that provides a new perspective or creates a change of mind.

A written component must be included with submissions describing how the work relates to the theme.

The contest is divided into three grade categories: third to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades and ninth to 12th grades.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. First place winners will be invited to share art pieces online and participate in interviews broadcast on KAFM community radio.

Submissions should be emailed to Marlene Godsey at the Grand Junction Commission on the Arts and Culture at

Since 2012, the commission has reviewed hundreds of written works of art from Grand Junction area youth with topics ranging from creativity, music and public art. Since 1990, the commission has promoted the quantity, quality and affordability of arts and culture for the Grand Junction area.

For more information about the Art Beat contest and other city programs, contact Grand Junction Parks and Recreation by telephone at 254-3866 or email at