OCArts4All now accepting submissions for county-wide virtual showcase

The Orange County Department of Education is inviting teachers from public, private, charter and home schools from around the county to submit original artwork for an opportunity to be displayed at the OCArts4All Virtual Art Showcase.

Formerly known as the 1,000 Pieces of Art Show, the OCArts4All Virtual Art Showcase is a partnership between Arts Orange County and OCDE designed to showcase and celebrate student art with the goal of presenting — and introducing students to — a wide range of creative expression.OCArts4All Logo

Selected artwork from this year’s showcase is scheduled to be displayed during a virtual showcase on Thursday, May 6 as well as at the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Awards virtual ceremony on Wednesday, May 12.

And — if county public health guidelines permit — select pieces could be exhibited at South Coast Plaza as part of Arts Orange County’s Imagination Celebration and at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach.

“Participation in the arts supports students’ resilience, social and emotional wellness and sense of connectedness with their communities and each other,” said Scott Fitzpatrick, OCDE visual and performing arts coordinator. “Creativity will be the engine that supports students as they navigate our current situation and as we look towards the future.”

How to submit

The OCArts4All showcase is intended to display art from students in public, private, charter and homeschool art programs. All submissions should originate from school teachers or administrators and be based on school and/or district-wide art programs.

To submit an entry, please fill out this Google form.

Online submissions must be completed by Friday, April 9, and a limit of 10 submissions per elementary school student and 25 per secondary school student is requested.

For questions, please contact Scott Fitzpatrick at stfitzpatrick@ocde.us or Annabel Arreola at aarreola@ocde.us. Additional information can also be found on the OCArts4All Facebook and Twitter pages.