Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Mayor Barbara Sharief is channeling her passion for the local arts community by issuing the first student art contest to recognize talents of Broward County’s youth.

Students in grades 9-12 who attend public, private or home school and live in the county are eligible to submit work for the Mayor’s Art Challenge.

Accepted mediums:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two-dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

Students will need to submit their application with digital images of the artwork (up to two entries), a parental release form and indicate their county commission district. For instance, if they live in Parkland or Coral Springs, then their district is 3. The deadline for all submissions is August 28, 2017.​

Mayor Sharief and all Broward County Commissioners will select one first place winner and one runner up from each of the nine districts in the county. Winners will be notified in early September. The winning artworks will be auctioned off at the Mayor’s Gala on October 21 and proceeds raised will directly benefit the United Way. Winning artists will be recognized at a county commission meeting hosted by the Mayor.

For more details and application visit the website.