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The Bicentennial Arts contest is part of the City of Bloomington and Monroe County Bicentennial Celebration.  It is open to any school-aged youth who lives in Monroe County.  They are encouraged to research a person or organization from our community using such local resources as the Monroe County History Center and the Monroe County Public Library and to create a drawing, sculpture, song, play, video, or other artwork that portrays the subject they researched.  The subjects should be people from underrepresented populations, such as racial, religious, or ethnic minorities; people in the LGBTQ community; people with disabilities; the economically disadvantaged; or others who have been traditionally overlooked. 

Three individual winners and one group winner will be chosen in each of the following grade-level categories: K-2, 3-6, 7-8, and 9-12.  Their works will be displayed at the Monroe County History Center starting with an opening reception on July 27.  Prizes will also be presented to the winners at the reception.

The Bicentennial Art Contest is a project created by the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth, Commission on the Status of Black Males, Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights Commission, Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.  Birthday Celebration Commission, and the Bloomington Arts Commission, along with a representative of the Monroe County Bicentennial Planning Committee.  The contest is endorsed by the City of Bloomington Monroe County Bicentennial Committee.

Entries can be submitted in person to the Community and Family Resources Department at City Hall (401 N.  Morton St., Suite 260) or via email to by 5 p.m. on June 29, 2018. 

***Updated June 29th. The deadline for contest entries has been extended through July 13.***

The official contest guidelines, required coversheet, and list of resources are available for download at the links below. 

Bicentennial Arts Contest Coversheet

Bicentennial Arts Contest Guidelines

Bicentennial Arts Contest Research Resources