The Big River Art Contest is organized into four categories. Two of the categories require that students participate in either Big River Journey or Journey to the Falls. The other two categories, Mighty Mississippi and Caring for the River, are open to all students. Need ideas to get started? To get started, check out the Ideas below or this link to past winners (link here or wherever makes sense) but remember that originality is highly rated when the art is judged.
America's River (sample artwork)
This category is about the living Mississippi River - its wildlife, plant life, scenery, and recreation - and its relationship to you. Here are just two ideas. Draw a picture showing you exploring the river with friends, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, etc. Or create a picture showing the river as a home for animals - turtles, frogs, mussels, beaver, otter, fox, deer, fish, birds, etc.
Caring for the River (sample artwork)
The river provides us with water, recreation, and beauty. Draw or paint a picture that shows what you appreciate about the river and/or how we can take care of the river and why. Here are a couple of ideas. Show how we can cut down on pollution and take care of the river- ride a bike, turn off lights, reuse, recycle, restore habitat or by using fewer products. Show who uses the river- it's our drinking water, home for wildlife. Draw how pollution can get to the river through our streets.
Show what you did or what you saw on Big River Journey. Draw your favorite learning station or something you learned about while on the boat. What did the river look like from the boat? What did you see? What did you see or do at Fort Snelling State Park?
Journey to the Falls (sample artwork)
Draw what you did, saw or learned on Journey to the Falls. What did you see or do at the archaeological dig or on the history hike? Draw the boat with you and your friends viewing birds, animals, boats, bridges, the falls or other river sites.