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NAEA – National Art Honor Society and National Junior Art Honor Society


Call for Young Artists – IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast

submission DEADLINE: february 23, 2020

The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts are inviting young artists between the ages of 12 and 22 years to explore the impact of women in the region through original works of art created for IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Artworks in any medium will be considered for the showcase as long as they celebrate one or more of the women profiled by the history project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Art selected to be a part of the Ignite showcase will be exhibited or performed at the Whaling Museum on March 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m. The submission deadline is February 23, 2020.  IGNITE is supported in part by Mass Humanities, through a grant that was made possible by Mass Cultural Council. Full details and submission guidelines are available at

Artists who are selected for the showcase will be notified by March 2. All pieces included in the showcase will be eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality. Award winners will be announced after the showcase.

The Whaling Museum is offering an optional free Lighting the Way workshop for young artists on February 17 to help artists learn about interpreting themes when creating works of art. The workshop is offered at two different times during the day: from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Advance registration is required for this Lighting the Way workshop. Register by emailing or register online at Additional workshops for middle and high school students are also being offered during February school vacation as part of the Museum’s Art Week. Workshops are free but advance registration at is required.

2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) is pleased to announce our 2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, which is open to K-12 grade studentsresiding in the U.S.–including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The contest is an integral part of the 15th annual Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2020.  For more background on the contest, including an art lesson plan for teachers and other resources, please visit

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest
2020 Theme | Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis