May 04, 2020

All Louisiana Students Invited to Submit Themed Art and Literature by June 15

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), today announced the submission deadline for the 2020 Student Environmental Awareness Arts and Language Arts Contest has been extended as a result of the ongoing public health crisis. All student entries should now be postmarked by June 15.

The contest, which this year features the theme "Take it Outside! Explore Nature's Classroom," invites all Louisiana students ages 5-18 to create works of visual and language arts that demonstrate the important role nature plays in education. 

A panel of judges, including artists, biologists, teachers, and members of the greater environmental education community, will evaluate the works based on creativity and alignment to the theme. They will choose one winner from the visual arts category and one winner from the language arts categories for each of the following age groups:

  • Group 1: Contestants ages 5-7
  • Group 2: Contestants ages 8-10
  • Group 3: Contestants ages 11-13
  • Group 4: Contestants ages 14-18

Winners will be publicly announced in June 2020. First, second, and third place winners will receive a monetary prize of $200, $100 and $75, respectively, and be honored at a special event.

Winners will also be featured in the LEEC's 2021 calendar, which will be printed in the fall and distributed across the state and to the winners. 

View all contest rules and access the application.

For more information or to secure a copy of the calendar, e-mail

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