Martin Luther King Art Contest

mlk clear backgroundCongratulations to the Finalists in the 2017 ​Martin Luther King Art Contest!

This year over 700 entries were received in the Martin Luther King Contest organized by the City of Bowie Diversity Committee. Sixty finalists were selected across three categories. Their work was featured as part of the City's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at City Hall. The program will be rebroadcast on the City of Bowie Government channel (Verizon 10/Comcast 71) on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. (through the month of February).

Contest winners will be announced in early February.



View slideshow of finalists' artwork
View slideshow about Dr. King

View 2017 MLK Program - January 14, 2017
2017 Art Contest finalists

Contest Details


To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and raise awareness about his accomplishments, the City of Bowie Diversity Committee sponsors an annual art contest for Bowie students.  The categories of the contest differ depending on the grade of the students, but all are intended to teach students about Dr. King’s legacy. 

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The contest divides the participating grades into groups of three (3).  Grades K-2 enter a coloring contest, grades 3-5 create a poster illustrating how Dr. King worked, and how others are still working to ensure that all people are treated fairly, and Grades 6-12 honor the life and work of the Civil Rights leader by creating a short 60-90 second video that depicts the contest theme for the year.

The theme for this year's contest was "Speaking Out for Justice". The deadline was December 16, 2016.


Contest finalists were featured at a program honoring the memory of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. at City Hall on January 14, 2017. Winners will be announced in February.

Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each category. The contest was open to all school-aged children who live within the municipal limits of Bowie or who attend an eligible school in Bowie. 


Eligible Schools

Students from the following schools are eligible to participate in City of Bowie contests and programs:
  • Bowie High School
  • Tall Oaks High School
  • Benjamin Tasker Middle School
  • Samuel Ogle Middle School
  • St. Pius X Regional School
  • Grace Christian School
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School (lower campus)
  • Heather Hills Elementary School
  • High Bridge Elementary School
  • Kenilworth Elementary School
  • Northview Elementary School
  • Pointer Ridge Elementary School
  • Rockledge Elementary School
  • Tulip Grove Elementary School
  • Whitehall Elementary School
  • Yorktown Elementary School
  • Chapel Forge Special Center
  • C. Elizabeth Rieg Special Center