School Art Contest

Showcase students' creativity and raise the topic of hearing loss in schools!

Idea At A Glance

Work with your local elementary or secondary school to hold an art contest about hearing. Through art, students could portray what their world would look like without sound. Alternatively, the art contest could ask students to express the value of sound through artwork. Partner with hearing clinics or non-profit organizations to provide teachers and students with educational materials about hearing loss during the contest. This could create class-wide discussions about healthy hearing practices and the importance of regular hearing tests. Present student artwork in a public space in the center of your town or city, inviting the general public, parents, and students to celebrate the 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.


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. The contest has the potential to introduce parents to the importance of hearing health as students discuss the competition over the dinner table. A public art display of the contest winners would go a long way to get your local community involved and share information about hearing health. The impact of the contest could be expanded on a global scale by sharing the art online and partnering with non-profit organizations.