Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC)
2020 Crane-inspired Creative Arts Contest
$5,000 in Scholarships to be awarded in 2020
We invite all high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties to submit an original piece of writing or artwork inspired by our Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes to the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition Creative Arts Contest.
The 2020 contest offers THREE Categories of art:
- Category 1: Writing. An essay (non-fiction) or story (fiction) of 750-1500 words.
- Category 2: Poetry. A group of three poems.
- Category 3: Other artistic media, e.g., painting, music, digital art, photography.
The work must be original and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior and habitat of our Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes. CCCC will accept only one entry per student.
The winner in each category will receive a $1500 scholarship. One $500 honorable mention scholarship will be awarded from any one of the three categories. Second place winners will receive a certificate.
The prize awards are dependent on the winner’s acceptance into a continuing education institution. If the winner is not registered by November 1 of the year of the award, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a runner-up who qualifies.
CCCC thanks the generous donors who once again make this possible. CCCC will have the right to use all submissions, with appropriate author credit, for publicity purposes.
Judges will be selected by the CCCC Board of Directors. Please note that CCCC may not give an award in a category if judges determine no entries are of sufficient quality or meet qualifications.
The deadline for submission is April 15, 2020. All entries must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Last name, first name, address (street or PO box), city, zip code, phone number, email address, school, category (and subcategory medium for Category 3), and each entry must have a title.
For Category 3, a photo of the piece must be included in the above email and the submission must be framed or otherwise be prepared for wall-hanging. Before March 31, 2020, students in Category 3 need to bring their original work to the Art Depot in Steamboat. For music, we request both a copy of the music and a recording. Entries will be displayed at the Art Depot during the month of April, including for the First Friday Artwalk on April 3.
Judging will occur thereafter and winners will be announced in May.
Students will be notified when their submission needs to be picked up. If entrants have any questions, they may contact Gisela Garrison at email@example.com or by calling 224-627-2747.
The winners will be announced on CCCC’s website, in various media, at the award assembly of each area high school, as well as from the podium during the 2020 Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. (CCCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that conserves and protects the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat using science and education to connect people with this iconic species. CCCC seeks to raise awareness of cranes and the threats they face today through the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival and the Crane Photo Contest, third-grade and community crane educational presentations, the First Crane Sighting Contest, the Elementary School Crane Coloring Contest and the CCCC Creative Arts Contest for high school seniors. CCCC also sponsors an on-the-ground habitat improvement program known as Crops for Cranes. For this program, CCCC collaborates with private landowners and other conservation organizations to establish designated areas in the Yampa Valley where grain crops are left for the cranes just prior to their fall migration.