Creative Expression Competition

Creative Expression Competition

The annual Creative Expression Competition gives our Chandler students an opportunity to express themselves and share their talent with the city. It is open to all students living or attending school in Chandler. One entry per student will be accepted in both the writing and visual arts categories.

Students are invited to create visual or written work reflecting this year’s theme of:

Creating a Community Where Differences are Embraced

Students can:

  • Write a one-page essay incorporating this year’s theme (typed is preferred)
  • Create a visual piece of art no larger than 8.5 x 11. This can include photographs, paintings, sketches, mosaics, handmade art using crayons, colored pencils and more. 

Competition Guidelines

  • No names on the front of writing or visual entries. 
  • Writing |Essay
    • Entries are limited to one page.
    • Eligible grade-level categories: K-4, 5-8, 9-12

  • Visual |Photography, painting, sketch, or other visual art
    • Please limit the size to 8.5 x 11
    • Horizontal orientation is preferred.
    • Eligible grade level categories: K-4, 5-8, 9-12

Only ONE entry per student will be accepted in both the writing and visual arts categories.

Judging Criteria

  • Writing: Readability, reflection of theme, use of writer’s understanding of cultural experiences
  • Visual: Composition, presentation, technique, and subject.

All material presented must be deemed appropriate by judges. All entries that do not meet contest guidelines may be subject to disqualification.

All entries will be displayed at one of the Chandler Public Libraries for the month of December and winners will be announced at the 29th Chandler Multicultural Festival on Jan. 13, 2024.

Entries can be dropped off at the following locations and entry forms are available.

  • Chandler City Hall: 175 S. Arizona Ave. 85226
  • Basha Library: 5990 S. Val Vista Drive 85249
  • Downtown Library: 22 S. Delaware St. 85225
  • Hamilton Library: 3700 S. Arizona Ave. 85248
  • Sunset Library: 4930 W. Ray Road 85226

Library hours and directions

Entries will be accepted Sept. 1 to Nov. 1.

Please include the Entry Form with your submission. Entry forms are also available at all drop-off locations.

Art and Writing will be judged by a wide variety of City staff, community partners and Chandler residents.

2024 Winners | Visual: K - 12th Grade

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