Sustainable Orillia art contest yields 2023 calendar images

Sustainable Orillia is pleased to announce the winners of the Community / Adult Division of our 2022 art contest. The contest theme, “What will Orillia look like in 2050?” asked artists to predict that the City of Orillia—and its citizens—will do the right things in the years to come to make our community sustainable and, if we do so, to imagine what the city will look in 2050.

Elementary school and high school artists had a deadline of June 1 for submissions to be in, and an earlier article named the winners of those two divisions.

For the Community division, Sustainable Orillia is pleased to announce that Dani Magder, MJ Pollak, and Carol Deimling will share the prize money.

While all submissions to the contest presented interesting views, the jury that judged the entries required them to meet four criteria.

First, did the entry identify the City of Orillia in some way? Second, did the entry include details that suggested a future almost thirty years from now? Third, did the entry present “sustainable” features, practices or technologies that will reduce our GhG emissions and protect the environment–or the results of such? And finally, did the entry reflect artistry and creativity?

The three winners of this division of our contest all captured some aspects of these requirements.

Sustainable Orillia plans to feature many of the submissions, from these three winners along with those from the other two divisions, as part of their 2023 Calendar. The calendar will be available for sale to the public during September, Orillia’s 4th annual Sustainable Orillia Month. What better way to share these visionary depictions of a positive future here in Orillia? Watch for more news on the calendar coming soon.

Our thanks to ALL of the artists who answered our call to try to imagine what a sustainable Orillia—our community—will look like in 2050 and beyond. We hope to have another contest in 2023, though at this time, we do not yet have a theme. Watch for it early next year.

And now . . . let’s all go to work to make that transition happen in the decades to come.

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