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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).