Civility in Sports Poster Contest

Young AthletesIn conjunction with the 2014 Choose Civility Symposium, students are invited to design a poster illustrating the theme, Civility in Sports.

Use your imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to show others why it’s important to be a good sport. Start by asking yourself a few questions.  What does it mean to be a good sport? Why is it important? How does the way people act during sports events affect you, your family, and your friends? Talk to others about good sportsmanship and being a considerate fan. Now design a poster with a message that will encourage other to choose civility in sports.


Groups or individual students in grades K-12 who live or attend school in Howard County are invited to submit entries. Students who attend home school or a school without grade levels should enter the comparable grade level.


Entries accepted January 5 through March 1, 2015

Exhibit at the Columbia Art Center: March 12-26, 2015

  • RECEPTION | March 12, 2015; 5:30 – 7:30 pm


  • Poster size: maximum of 18” x 24” (horizontal or vertical)
  • Media: Marker, colored pencil, paint, computer, photography, or mixed media; technology such as augmented reality welcome
  • Image: Original art created solely by the contestant—no adult contributions or copyrighted characters

  • Adherence to theme
  • Originality
  • Effective use of media


  • $50 Target gift card awarded to Grand Prize winner and poster reproduced for countywide distribution
  • $25 Target gift card awarded to winner in each category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Group


  • Each submission should include the student’s name, grade level, and school on the reverse side of the artwork.
  • Entries must be submitted to Monica Herber at the Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045. Entries can be dropped off or mailed.
  • Questions? Call 410.730.0075 or email [email protected]

Presented in partnership with the Columbia Association Art Center, Howard County Library System, and Howard County Public School System.