Martin Luther King Art Contest

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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 contest divides the participating grades into three groups.

  • Coloring

    Grades K-2 enter a coloring contest.
    Coloring entry form

  • Poster

    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, 
    Poster entry form

  • Video

    - 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 theme for the year. 
    Video entry form

                                                        The theme for the 2019 contest is "Living the MLK Legacy".

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The deadline for the contest is Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. Entries should be submitted to the City Manager's Office, Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie, MD 20716, Attn: MLK contest. Winners and finalists will be featured at a program honoring the memory of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. at City Hall on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Bowie City Hall.


The 2019 contest is open to all school-aged children who live within the municipal limits of Bowie or who attend an eligible school* in Bowie. Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each category:

Coloring Contest (Kindergarten – Second Grade)

Color the supplied picture of Dr. King. 

First Prize:  $75
Second Prize: $50
Third Prize: $25

Poster Contest (Third – Fifth Grade)

Create a poster that demonstrates in some personal way the contest theme. 

First Prize:  $100
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50

Video Contest  (Sixth – Twelfth Grade)

Create a video of no more than 90 seconds that contains original footage, including any combination of people, places, items, situations, photos, drawings, collages, poetry readings, spoken word, dance, music, or songs that help to depict the contest theme

First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $100

2018 Contest Winners


​Coloring Contest

First Place: Edith Fekete
Second Place: Naliyah Lawson
Third Place (tie): Peyton Sharp and Vama Tran 


Poster Contest

First Place: Shabad Singh 
Second Place: Joseph Harrison IV
Third Place: Abraham Brensinger


Video Contest

First Place: Hestin Forame & Patrick Brown
Second Place: Brooklynn Patterson
Third Place (tie): Meghan Baker and Jocelyn Gross

View slideshow from 2018 contest, featuring the artwork of the 2018 finalists.

* Eligible Schools 

Students who live within the municipal limits of Bowie or who attend one of 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