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Martin Luther King Art Contest

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and raise awareness about his accomplishments, the City of Bowie Diversity Committee sponsors an annual art contest for Bowie students.  The categories of the contest differ depending on the grade of the students, but all are intended to teach students about Dr. King’s legacy. 

The theme for the 2016 contest “Dreams of Growth, Unity and Progress” honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by allowing participants, grade K-12, to illustrate their perspective on the dream. Entrants must live within the municipal limits of Bowie or attend a school located in the City.  All entrants should be submitted to the City Manager’s Office, Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie, Maryland, 20716, including “MLK Contest” as the subject, no later than Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 5 p.m.

The contest divides the participating grades into groups of three (3).  Grades K-2 enter a coloring contest, grades 3-5 create a poster illustrating how Dr. King worked, and how others are still working to ensure that all people are treated fairly, and Grades 6-12 honor the life and work of the Civil Rights leader by creating a short 60-90 second video that depicts the contest’s theme of “Growth, Unity and Progress.”

For more information about the 2016 contest, contact Denise Mahoney at or 301-809-3031.

Eligible Schools

Students from the following schools are eligible to participate in City of Bowie contests and programs:
  • Bowie High School
  • Tall Oaks High School
  • Benjamin Tasker Middle School
  • Samuel Ogle Middle School
  • St. Pius X Regional School
  • Grace Christian School
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School (lower campus)
  • Heather Hills Elementary School
  • High Bridge Elementary School
  • Kenilworth Elementary School
  • Northview Elementary School
  • Pointer Ridge Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Tulip Grove Elementary School
  • Whitehall Elementary School
  • Yorktown Elementary School
  • Chapel Forge Special Center
  • C. Elizabeth Rieg Special Center