School Art Contest

Hold an art contest where students express the value of hearing through art!

Idea At A Glance

Hold an art contest where students express the importance of sound and hearing in their lives through artwork. Alternatively, the art contest could ask students to portray what their world would look like without sound. Student artwork could be presented in a public space in the center of the city, inviting the general public, parents and students to celebrate their creative art. The contest could occur during the month of May (Better Hearing Month) or coincide with the International Day for Ear and Hearing on March 3rd. By partnering with local hearing clinics and non-profit organizations during the contest, your school could provide teachers and students with educational materials about hearing loss. This could create class-wide discussions about healthy hearing practices and the importance of protecting one's hearing.


In 2012, the Save the Redwoods League held a country-wide, student art contest to raise awareness of and encourage visits to the redwood forests in California. Thousands of elementary and high school students in the United States submitted works of art showing how the redwood forests are a great place to play, learn, and explore nature. In 2013, the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health conducted an art and poster contest, asking students to share their interpretation of what it means to expose stigma and shed a positive light on mental wellness. The contest is a part of the numerous events surrounding Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.

Potential Impact

An art contest is a fun way to expose children and young adults to the subjects of hearing and hearing loss.  Your local community can get involved and receive information about hearing health at a public art display of the contest winners. The impact of the contest could be expanded to a global scale by partnering with non-profit organizations and hearing aid manufactures.