How to enter
Entrants must be US residents and over 18 years old to qualify. Work must be entered via the dedicated online form by the end of the final deadline day, Friday, April 24, 2020.
Work can be entered by either artists entering their own work, or a representative, provided they have the permission of the entrant to do so and are acting on the entrant’s behalf.
Only single entries will be considered. Image must be submitted in .jpg, .gif or .png formats (not .jpeg). Uploaded image can be up to 9MB. Please note that, if your work is selected, printing will require high resolution files, which may be over 9MB.
Once the entrant has submitted their entry form, no changes or additions will be allowed.
What to enter – Competition mission statement
Entrants may submit an illustration, print, photography, or digitally produced artwork that can be printed and displayed outdoors on a 20’ wide x16’ tall canvas.
The theme for the competition is “The Joy of Being Outside.” The jury is interested in artworks that explore the unique feelings of freedom, hope and joy characteristic of childhood, that are often found in relationship with the outdoors. What does a child’s fearless connection to the land mean to you? Artists are encouraged to reflect on environmental stewardship and education, and submit artworks that spark reflection and conversation.
Keep in mind that the mural will be facing a busy street, and be enjoyed by children and families. Artworks including profanity or offensive content of any kind will not be considered.
Submitted artwork cannot include any copy or written language of any kind.
Entrant must be the owner of the submitted artwork and the work submitted must be of entrant’s own origination. Entrant must hold all moral and intellectual property rights in the submitted artwork. The entrant warrants (guarantees) to SDCDM that they own all the copyrights to their submitted artwork, that the image is original and does not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold SDCDM and SDCDM’s officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from all claims, demands, actions, suits, proceedings, judgments, awards, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses (including but not limited to any legal costs or reasonable expenses properly incurred and any compensation, costs and disbursements paid by SDCDM on the advice of SDCDM’s legal advisers to compromise or settle any claim) arising from or in any way related to the mural competition and/or this agreement.
Once registered for this competition, all entrants agree that we, SDCDM, may reproduce the winners’ work for purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education, in media including catalogues and publications, posters, postcards, mugs, tee-shirts, hats, websites and social media and on television, and may license, under these conditions to others only for the same purposes. SDCDM also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for non–commercial purposes, for example in the Winners page of the website and catalogues, indefinitely, as a public record.
For any artwork submitted to the competition, entrant is not restricted in selling it, exhibiting it or any similar activity. But we ask you that you notify us if it is sold or changes ownership, or changes in any way.
SDCDM cannot guarantee the Judging Panel members in any way, but will strive to notify entrants of any changes within 30 days. The entrant accepts that their submission is not dependent on the Judging Panel members.
New judging panel members can be added, and dismissed at SDCDM’s discretion. Entrants will be notified accordingly.
The competition consists of the following stages:
Stage 1: Enter via the online form. Deadline is April 24, 2020
Stage 2: April 25 – May 10, 2020: Jury convenes and selects up to 10 shortlisted artworks
Stage 3: May 11 – June 10, 2020: 10 artworks are up to public vote on public online platform. Shortlisted artworks are shared along with artist’s statement. Top artworks are submitted to the City of Escondido for final approval.
Stage 4: June 11, 2020: Two winning artworks are announced. Artwork #1 enters production
Stage 5: June 2020: Billboard #1 displayed on Museum’s building
December 2020: Billboard #2 is displayed on Museum’s building
Selection and winner announcement
After the jury selects up to 10 artworks, said artworks are subject to a public vote on the submission platform. Pending city approval, the two artworks garnering the most votes will be printed and displayed in spring 2020 and fall 2020. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize, paid by San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum.
By submitting the digital entry form, you accept that if successful in stage 4 the selected artwork must be available in order to proceed to stage. Artwork must, if shortlisted for judging, be the same work previously submitted as a digital image and be available for the next stage of judging. No changes to the final artwork will be accepted beyond original submission, but a higher resolution file may be required for printing.
Who we are
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM, est. 1999) is a hands-on children’s museum located in Escondido, California. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s mission is to inspire children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation.
SDCDM is the only hands-on educational children's museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art.
The Museum features four main program areas: Experimentation (science, math, engineering), Exploration (world cultures, history), Imagination (theater arts, visual arts, music), and Discovery (outdoor space featuring gardens, environmental science, world cultures, arts). All exhibits and programs are designed with the help of museum experts, educators, and childhood development specialists, ensuring a wide range of skill development and concepts that align with California’s Common Core curriculum for science, math, English language arts, visual and performing arts, and social science. Time spent at the Museum develops crucial life skills like curiosity, confidence, and creativity, which are all qualities that strengthen children’s potential to excel in school, careers, communities, and as parents. Through play, children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in a safe environment where there are no right or wrong answers.
Be a model community children’s museum providing access to authentic hands-on learning experiences that develop the whole child, lifelong learners, and global citizens.
• Authentic Hands-on Learning Experiences
• Access for All
• Strong Community Relationships and Partnerships
• Organizational Sustainability