Details of our 3rd Annual Art Contest for Children & Adults with Additional Needs.
We are thrilled to announce the upcoming 3rd Annual “Celebration of Creation” contest, an event that serves as a platform to showcase the remarkable talents and abilities of individuals with additional needs. Our primary aim is not merely to celebrate art itself, but to encourage active participation from the community. This contest provides a delightful and engaging opportunity for the public to witness the extraordinary talents and capabilities we all possess. It’s a fun-filled celebration of art and a chance to win fantastic prizes.
This year, we have chosen the theme of “Nature” to inspire our artists and connect them with the outdoors. The Nature theme invites a diverse array of artistic expressions, encompassing subjects like animals, landscapes, seascapes, celestial skies, the world of flora and fauna, and much more. We welcome various interpretations of our nature theme, including representative, abstract, and conceptual works. Artists may submit their creations in various visual art mediums such as painting, drawing, fiber art, photography, sculpture, or collage.
To exhibit your artwork at the “Celebration of Creation” reception, which will take place at the enchanting Naples Botanical Garden, we have arranged a drop-off day on Friday, January 19, 2024, between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Families dropping off their artwork on this day will enjoy complimentary admission to the Garden, allowing you to explore its beauty after contributing to our event. For pictures and paintings, please ensure they are framed, as this will enable us to display them elegantly. If you have any inquiries about transporting your artwork to the Naples Botanical Garden or concerns about its display, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or reach out to Doug Sharpe at (239) 298-1499. We are eagerly anticipating a wonderful celebration of art and creativity at the Naples Botanical Garden!
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Naples Botanical Garden for their partnership with Additional Needs, Inc. They will graciously host the 2023-2024 Additional Needs Art Contest Reception & Awards on January 20th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The reception will feature artworks from five different age groups, spanning from 5 years old (Kindergarten) to adults (over 18) with additional needs. During this captivating evening, we will announce the five winners selected by our jury from the impressive pool of artists. This event is free for all families with additional needs, but please remember to RSVP to the Naples Botanical Garden. Here is the RSVP link to learn more about their free Sensory-Friendly Saturdays. This link takes you to last years “Celebration of Creation” which has the organizations that were for our 2nd annual “Celebration of Creation”
In addition to our partnership with the Naples Botanical Garden, we are delighted to welcome several local organizations that will be participating in this remarkable event. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on our collaborators!
This link will lead you to the previous year’s “Celebration of Creation” event held at Naples Botanical Garden, showcasing the participating organizations for our second annual “Celebration of Creation.”
The Results of our 2022-2023 nature themed art contest “Celebration of Creation”:
The Judge’s Choices for 2022-2023:
Adult Category: Bart with “Birds of Texas”
6-8 Grade Category: Jeremiah with “Fall Trees”
3-5 Grade Category: Kaylyn with “Butterfly Lavender Field”
The winner of the year family membership to Naples Botanical Garden is Skyler who created “Tree”
The Results of our 2021-2022 nature themed art contest “Celebration of Creation”:
The Judge’s Choices for 2021-2022:
Adult Category: Gargi with “The Desert”
9-12 Grade Category: Zofia with “Chameleon A Self Portrait”
6-8 Grade Category: Indiana with “Frog Prince”
3-5 Grade Category: John with “Autumn Maple Tree”
K-2 Grade Category: Owen with “Silent Forest”
The winner of the year family membership to Naples Botanical Garden is Sebastian who created “Colors of Nature”
Artwork Gallery Categories
Timelines & Prizes for the Art Contest
- Artist registration starts October 1st, 2023
- The entry deadline is December 31st, 2023.
- Public voting starts on January 2nd, 2024 and ends midnight January 6th, 2024. You’re able to vote once an hour and for as many artists as you like.
- We will announce the top 5 artists in each age group on January 11th, 2024.
- We will announce the winners of each age group at the reception on January 20th, 2024 at the Naples Botanical Garden.
- We will be having drawings for prizes open to all that have registered throughout the contest. The last drawing will be on January 2oth, 2024 at our reception for the one year family membership to Naples Botanical Garden!
We are working on getting more prizes so if you would like to become a sponsor to help with this please click here Sponsor Registration.
Here are the prizes we have set in place for our nature themed art contest for individuals with additional needs.
The winner of each age category will receive $100.
All the artists will receive a certificate of participation and are automatically entered into the national drawings and for the local drawings in their area.
The artists that live in Collier or Lee County, Florida are automatically entered into the drawing for the one year family membership at Naples Botanical Garden, thanks to Naples Botanical Garden.
Message from our founder Doug Sharpe. “We are inviting everyone in the United States with an additional need to take part. More details to come, and artist registration starts October 1st, 2023!”
This video is of 2023 “Celebration of Creation” reception at Naples Botanical Garden
The these two videos are of last year’s “Celebration of Creation” reception 2022