I Love My County Because Art Contest


“I Love My County Because…” Art Contest  announced by the National Association of Counties
In an effort to bolster civic awareness and educate communities on the role of county government, the National Association of Counties is launching the 2022 “I Love My County Because..” Art Contest in conjunction with National County Government Month.

Any student living in the United States, age 18 and under enrolled in grades 1-12 during the 2021-2022 academic year is eligible to participate. Winners’ artwork will be featured in the 2023 Counties Matter calendar, winners will be announced in NACO’s flagship publication, County News, and the winning artwork will be displayed at NACO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Each submission must be original artwork in the current school year by one student.

The artwork must present a county activity that shows how “Counties Matter,” and inspired by the sentence: “I love my county because…”

The work must reflect some aspect of a county government function, service or program, to celebrate National County Government Month.

The artwork must be horizontal 11X8.5 inches (PDF or JPEG.)

The most important elements of the artwork must not extend beyond 10.5, 8 inches to account for trimming during the calendar production process.

Work will be judged on display of artistic skill in painting, drawing or digital art. It must be original work of the student, and each entry must be accompanied by a statement that explains how “Counties Matter,” in their community or complete the sentence “I love my county because…”

Each entry must include the artist’s name, grade, school, county and contact information for the student, parent/or guardian’s email address and phone number and a teacher’s mailing address and phone number.

The competition submission period closes May 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Go to I Love My County Because Art Contest (naco.org) for a link to submit artwork, it must be submitted as a PDF or JPEG. Winners will be notified and asked to mail their original artwork to NACO. The artist’s statement including name, age, grade level, school, teacher or art teacher and contact information for a guardian or teacher must be submitted as a .doc or .docx file. For digital art of graphic design submissions, the design must be 300 dpi and RGB color.

Only one submission per student is allowed; there is no entry fee. Please mail original artwork to: NACO, 660 N. Capitol St. NW,  Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20001; Attention: Leon Lawrence III, Design Director.