City to Host Youth Art, High School Instagram Contests to Celebrate National Drinking Water Week

The City of Evanston is hosting a 3rd grade art contest and a high school Instagram contest in celebration of National Drinking Water Week (NDWW), which is May 1-7, 2016. The purpose of NDWW is to celebrate water by recognizing the essential role it plays in our daily lives. This year’s theme is “The Power of Water.”

3rd Grade Art Contest
The City is hosting its annual art contest for 3rd grade students to showcase their ideas of what “The Power of Water” means to them.

  • Submissions should fit on a 9-inch by 12-inch piece of paper or smaller.
  • Hard-copies of the submissions should be dropped off or mailed to the Evanston Water Production Bureau, 555 Lincoln St., Evanston, IL 60201 by Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m. Submissions can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High School Instagram Contest
Through Monday, March 14, high school students ages 13 to 19 years are encouraged to creatively capture how they use “The Power of Water” in their daily lives, whether it’s quenching thirst, taking care of a household pet, keeping clothes clean or completing any one of the many daily activities that would not be possible without water.

To participate in the contest, students should:

  • Follow @CityofEvanston on Instagram
  • Snap and post a photo capturing the contest theme and use #H2OpwrEv

All participants will automatically be eligible to have their photos used by the City on promotional materials, including social media pages, flyers and more, with credit to the photographer.

Community-wide online voting to determine People’s Choice Award winners for each contest will be held March 25 through April 4. Mayor’s Choice and Water Spirit Awards will also be given to winners in the 3rd Grade Art Contest group.

All four winners will be announced on April 25 at the Administration & Public Works Committee Meeting of the Evanston City Council. Each winner will receive four Evanston Beach Tokens for the 2016 summer, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a chance to have their artwork displayed at the main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., during Drinking Water Week.

For more information and additional contest details, visit

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