Week Four: Theater

Art Connects

2020 Virtual Student Arts Competition

Week Four: Theater

Theme – Expressions of Persistence

The Theater Competition has closed.

Please see the press release for winning entries:
Student Thespians Recognized in Week Four of “Art Connects”, Riverside County Office of Education’s Virtual Arts Competition

The Riverside County Office of Education is launching a virtual student arts competition to help students channel their creativity during the COVID-19 school closures.

Despite the closure of schools, students in Riverside County are continuing to create, dream, and express their ideas through their own unique talents and abilities. Artistic expression is a healthy way for students to process their feelings, exercise their creative abilities, and expand their understanding of a changing world. These expressions have the power to uplift others and bring meaning to their life and the lives of others during challenging times.

Week Four: Theater (submit entries 4/15 through 4/21 at 9:00 p.m.) 

Submission: Original writing of an excerpt enacted into two-minute video

  • Theme – Expressions of Persistence 
  • Art Form – Theater 
  • Original writing or excerpt enacted into two-minute video (maximum). 
  • Winners announced on 4/28 

Rules and Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all Riverside County students in grades TK–12 attending public, charter, private, parochial, or home-school programs.
  • One entry per student per art form per week.
  • Individual entries only; no group entries.
  • Grade level categories in TK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.
  • Must be 19 years old or younger.


  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected in each art form and grade level of entry.
    • 1st place award: $75 gift card, plaque, and certificate of participation
    • 2nd place award: $50 gift card and certificate of participation
    • 3rd place award: $25 gift card and certificate of participation
    • Honorable mention: Certificate of participation
  • Awards will be announced weekly via the Art Connects web page, on RCOE’s social media pages, and by email to the winners.
  • The work of awardees may be shared on the RCOE website and social media pages.

Awards provided by the Riverside County Office of Education Foundation.

Judging Criteria

  • Judges for the theatre contest include:
    • Chuck Yates/Actor and Artistic Director, Coyote Stage Works
    • Howard Shangraw/Actor and Artist-In-Residence, High Desert Cultural Center
    • Kristine Waters/Actor and Artist-In-Residence, Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Judges will score entries based on the following categories:
    • Creativity and originality
    • Artistic composition
    • Connection to weekly theme
    • Overall impression
  • Judges will take into account the constraints that come with the nature of a virtual competition.
    • Example: Video submissions will be based on the content of the film, not the production value.
    • Example: Photo submissions will be judged on the artistic quality of the image, not the resolution of the JPG.

How to Submit Entries

  • Go to the Art Connects web page and follow the directions to upload your submissions
  • Students will be asked to provide their name, school or district affiliation, and contact information in order to verify winners for any awards
  • After you submit your entry, you are encouraged to share your submission on social media with the hashtag #ArtConnectsRivCo

For additional information, please contact RCOE Arts Administrator, Louisa Higgins (lhiggins@rcoe.us).