About the Contest

The Youth Poster Contest is open to all Marin County middle and high school students. Our mission is to provide an inclusive and unique messaging platform for youth to express their hopes and concerns about social justice, health, climate change, women's rights, firearms regulation, immigration, discrimination, and other vital issues. Our purpose is to stimulate creative ideas, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and use art to inform, challenge, and inspire the greater community to take action and make a difference.

The Youth Poster Contest is developed in partnership and enthusiastically supported by the Marin County Office of Education. Additionally, the Youth Poster Contest is critically important in reaching out to underserved Marin youth who might not otherwise participate in such a contest due to a lack of art teachers, art supplies, or parental support at home.

We provide free poster workshops (including a well-known artist instructor, free art supplies for the school, and a surprise gift bag of art supplies for participating students) in several Marin Title I schools, which serve our most at-risk students.  And for our 202/22 contest, we are working with Next Generation Scholars to provide free poster workshops to their middle school program for at-risk Marin students. 

Andrea Flores Miranda, 2019 Producer’s Award winner, said “The contest helped me realize I have a voice and I can express it through my art. It shows the perspective today’s youth have on these issues so that they can take action and better our future.”

Our 2019 contest winners and finalists saw their work featured in many newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio, on social media, and toured across the Bay Area in a 5-location poster exhibition. Due to the tremendous success of the 2019 poster contest, exposure of the 2021 posters will be even greater.