Youth Art Contest

Friends of Sutter’s Fort is pleased to announce our inaugural Youth Art Contest. We encourage youth to explore the benefits of parks and participate in this art contest to share “What parks mean to me”.

The primary goal of this contest is to promote the many benefits of parks on individuals and communities. There are many reasons that parks are meaningful. Parks provide numerous recreational opportunities, health and wellness benefits and educational programs for community members of all ages. Parks also protect and preserve natural and cultural resources.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is one of 280 state parks throughout California. As an urban park, it is located in the middle of Midtown, Sacramento, the public park grounds at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park provide important open space for people who live and work nearby.

  • Youth art contest for ages 6-18.
  • Deadline: November 17, 2023
  • Youth ages 6-18 who live in California are invited to participate in the Friends of Sutter’s Fort youth art contest.
  • Prizes will be awarded to finalists in each age group! Submissions will be displayed at the Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in Sacramento and will be showcased in an online gallery.
  • Contest Host: Friends of Sutter’s Fort, 2701 L St, Sacramento CA 95816
  • May use any flat media: chalk, marker, paint, crayon, ink, photography, water color or collage- creativity is encouraged!

Age Groups

6-8, 9-11, 10-12, 13-16, 17-18


Contest is open to youth ages 6 to 18.

Open to individuals only, no collaborative entries.

All entries must be original and free of copyright restrictions. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged. Submitted artwork may not be overly derivative of images found on the Internet, in print media, or elsewhere.

Artists name or signature may not be printed on the artwork.

This contest may be administered by teachers, parents, guardians, community groups and any other individual or group.

Winners will be selected from a panel of judges selected by Friends of Sutter’s Fort.

Omission or illegibility may result in disqualification.

All entries should reflect the theme.

Entries must be received by  November 17, 2023.

Winners will be announced in  December 2023.

How to Enter:

Upload your entry by submitting the Contest Entry form.

Important: please provide a high quality representation (scan or photograph) of the artwork. Please avoid hand holding the art or showing background (like the room the photo is taken in or a frame).

Do not sign your artwork – artwork with names visible will not be eligible for judging.

Please orient the image in the direction the artwork should be viewed.

Tips for taking photos of your artwork:

  • Place your artwork on a flat surface. You can also lean art against a wall in a well-lit area.
  • Try to make sure that you’re not casting shadows.
  • Center your work of art. If it’s on a flat surface, take the photo from directly above.
  • Do not apply filters.
  • Crop the photo so only your artwork is visible.

Please note: Friends of Sutter’s Fort cannot accept physical artworks – online submissions only.


The art contest will be judged by a panel of guest judges assembled by Friends of Sutter’s Fort based on how the theme is addressed in the artwork, skill and originality.


Prizes will be awarded by Friends of Sutter’s Fort to the top 3 submissions in each age group.

Grant of Rights

Eligible Participants grant the Friends of Sutter’s Fort the rights to display and/or use images of their original artwork. This consent applies in all forms known now or in the future, in all media and in all manners, including, but not limited to, advertising, art, editorial, electronic and exhibition. Submission of the artwork grants the Friends of Sutter’s Fort a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish the artwork. All published artwork will be credited with a copyright notice in the following form: “© Artist’s first and last Name.” Eligible Participants also release the Friends of Sutter’s Fort, their affiliates, respective directors, officers, agents, and employees from any and all claims of any kind on account of any such use.

Limitations of Liability and Release

No liability or responsibility is assumed by Friends of Sutter’s Fort or resulting from any Eligible Participant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Art Contest. The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is not responsible for any typographical errors in any announcement related to this Youth Art Contest or these Contest Rules. By participating in the Youth Art Contest, Eligible Participants agree to release and hold the Friends of Sutter’s Fort harmless from any and all claims, damages, or liabilities arising from or relating to participation in the Contest.

Publicity Release

Participation in the Youth Art Contest and/or acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the Friends of Sutter’s Fort to use, without notice or further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity, any Eligible Participant’s submission and related information for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes as well as in, on or in connection with the website or the Contest or other promotions, and each Eligible Participant hereby releases the Friends of Sutter’s Fort from any liability with respect thereto.

General Rules

By participating in the Friends of Sutter’s Fort’s Student Art Competition, Eligible Participants agree to these Contest Rules. If for any reason the Youth Art Contest is not capable of running as planned, Friends of Sutter’s Fort reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, modify, or suspend the event.