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The Eco-Heroes Art Contest seeks to connect the natural curiosity of students and residents to their passion for the environment and creativity as artists, writers, and craftspeople. 


How To Enter 

The entry period for the 2022 Eco-Heroes Art Contest is now open!

Participation in the Eco-Heroes Art Contest is open to all public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12, as well as adults (18+) who reside in the City of Bloomington. The theme of the 2022 Eco-Heroes Art Contest is "Fighting Fragmentation!" This theme is intended to inform communities about the benefits of connecting native habitats to create corridors for plants and animals to travel. To ensure continued biodiversity and survival for all our native species, they need to be able to move about to feed, find shelter, mate, and raise their young. Connectivity applies not only to large regional expanses, such as between national parks, but local areas between yards and parks are critical too.

Entries based on the theme are welcome in a wide range of formats, including visual (e.g., drawings, sculptures, paintings, animations, quilts, and craft projects), written (e.g., stories, poems, and essays under 300 words), or performance art (e.g., songs, sketches, plays, and short films). In addition to being honored as an Eco-Hero by Mayor John Hamilton at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM under the Lion's Den Shelter at Cascades Park, each Hero will be presented with prizes sponsored by local businesses.

Submissions should be dropped off with an entry form at the Department of Planning & Transportation, located in City Hall (401 N. Morton St., Suite 130) by Friday, April 8 at 5:00 PM.


If you have any questions about the Eco-Heroes Art Contest, please email Benjamin Sharaf at 


2019 Eco Heroes Contest

The 2019 Eco Heroes Contest was a great success, with more than 100 tremendous and diverse submissions from sculptures, paintings, and songs, to animated films, drawings, and quilts.The Bloomington Environmental Commission is pleased have awarded 15 talented artists at its eighth annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest. All submissions were displayed at City Hall, with winning contestants awarded by Mayor John Hamilton at Showers City Hall in Council Chambers on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Certificates and prizes were awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners in five groups (Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adult). Local businesses sponsored prizes for the 2019 Eco-Heroes Art Contest, awarding over $1,500 in prizes. 

The theme of the 2019 Eco-Heroes Art Contest was “Lakes, Rivers, & Streams, Oh My!” This theme was intended to encourage participants to express the important role water and water bodies play in our environment, our well-being, and our community. Water sustains our bodies, our agricultural system, and the natural world that surrounds us. Water also serves an important cultural and social role in our lives; here in Bloomington we boat, swim, fish, and play in nearby Lake Monroe. 


Photo: "Spirit of Lake Monroe" Sculpture by Torin McLaughlin, 2019 Second Place Winner, 9th to 12th Grade - Sculpture made of collected trash around Lake Monroe (Photo by Kate Corcoran - SPEA Fellow)