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Enter The Way Cool Creativity Contest!

Have you gone to a Blue Star Museum this summer? We hope you did or are planning to. But even if you didn’t yet, did you know that more than 1,400 museums across the country are offering military families like yours free admission as a thank you for serving your country? Pretty cool, huh?

Well we’d like to say thank you to those museums. How? Our friends in the arts community are sharing their art collections with us and we’d like to recognize their efforts by sharing the creative works of military kids like you---so we’re having a contest! If you’re a military kid between the ages of 6-17, we’re inviting you to enter the contest for cool prizes and glory! Okay, maybe not glory, but you will get a shout out and some recognition on a national website and an awesome prize. Not bad, right? All you have to do is share your artistic expression in whatever medium best expresses your creativity. Crayon? Yes! Watercolor? Yes! Textiles? Yes! Sculpture? Yes! Day old oatmeal? Gross, but yes! Video? Yes! If you can create it---you can enter it.

There are two categories to choose from: (1) artwork or video short (no more than one minute max!) inspired by your visit to a Blue Star Museum or (2) artwork or video short (ditto on the length) that expresses thanks to the art community who made the program possible.

Entries will be judged based on their overall appeal, quality, creativity, and incorporation of the Blue Star Museums star (see logo above) in the artwork or video. Read on for contest rules and eligibility!


Entries will be grouped by: Ages 6-12; Ages 13-17

Winners receive---ready for this?---a $500, $250 or $100 savings bond! [Cricket noises] OR, an IPad for first place, Nikon Cool Pix P100 for second and for third place, an Ultra HD Flip Video. You win, you GET TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SAVINGS BOND OR WAY COOL PRIZE.

Prizes will be awarded per age category. There will be one overall first place winner. There will be second and third place winners from each category. All kids who enter will be awarded a Blue Star Families t-shirt!

Boring Paragraph for Parents---Kids, skip to How to Enter

The contest is open to military children ages 6 to 17. Who is a military child? Any child who has a parent or sibling (including stepparents and siblings) serving on active duty, in the Reserves or in the National Guard. Eligibility---child must possess an active duty, National Guard or Reserve military ID card or if under age, a parent’s ID is sufficient. Winners must show proof of eligibility upon notification.


Parents can help you with this part.

  1. Take a picture of your artwork and email us the jpeg. or upload your video to YouTube and send us the link. Include a short description of your museum experience or inspiration to
    • Include your name, email and phone number, as well as your parent(s) name and branch of service.
    • PDF and JPG files accepted, the higher the resolution the better.
  2. Have your entry to us no later than 11:59PM EST on 5 September, 2011. Online voting will be 6 September, 2011 and ends 11:59PM on 20 September, 2011. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Here’s the Way-Coolest Part

Entries will be posted online and Blue Star Family Members will get to vote for the winners in each age category. So you’ll want to get your friends to vote!

Check the contest rules here.

Good luck!

Questions: Email questions to Tip: If you add CONTEST QUESTION in the subject, we can process your message faster.

This post originally appeared on the Blue Star Families website.


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