“What will Orillia Look Like in 2050?” Sustainable Orillia Announces new Art Contest for 2022.

Sustainable Orillia’s “Arts & Culture Sector” invites Orillia and area artists to participate in an art contest with the theme, “Orillia 2050 — a Sustainable City.” The contest asks artists to imagine what the Orillia community—including our local lakes and surrounding townships—might look like after 30 years (well, 28 now) of working to change the way we do things in order to reduce the consequences of the Climate Crisis.  

We are all challenged to imagine what the world of 2050 will look like—our downtown, our homes, our transportation, our meals, even what we’re wearing.  That’s why we are turning to you—our visionary artists—to show us what Orillia could look like in 2050.  Your submissions will help others see what our net-zero emissions future could look like, and your creative visions will have the opportunity to win prizes.  

The contest has three divisions: 

  • A General division (including college and university students)
  • A High School division, and 
  • An Elementary School division. 

A variety of formats will be considered by the judges. There will be prizes for the three entries judged to be the “best illustrations of the theme” from each of the divisions. Over $1500 in prize money will be awarded to the 9 winners of this contest (3 from each division). 

The contest begins on March 1, 2022. The deadline for submissions from the General division is June 30, 2022, while June 15, 2022 will be the deadline for entries from both High School and Elementary School students.   Winners will be chosen by a panel and announced in July. The artwork will be displayed during September as part of Sustainable Orillia Month.

Look for posters that will soon appear advertising the contest and its divisions and look to the Sustainable Orillia website (www.sustainableorillia.ca) for full details starting on March 1, 2022. 

 A Sponsorship Opportunity

Sustainable Orillia welcomes sponsors for this contest. The contest will be a high visibility project involving many corners of the community.  Sponsorship publicly reinforces your commitment to both the arts and a sustainable future and will go a long way to making this a very positive initiative.  If your company would like to sponsor the contest, please contact Fred Larsen, Sector Co-Chair, at fredlarsen@bell.net or 705-826-4586. Individual members of the community who would like to donate to the prize package are also welcome to do so.

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