George Washington Carver National Monument Shares Guidelines and Information for Carver Art and Essay Contest

Image Credit: George Washington Carver National Monument

(Diamond, MO) – Held completely online for the first time in its history, and open to third and fourth grade students across the four-state region, Carver Art and Essay Contest encourages artistic expression and trait-based essay writing centered on a theme especially relevant during this challenging school year, Helping and Healing. This theme is derived from George Washington Carver’s statement: 

“There is beauty in well-tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others.”

The team at George Washington Carver National Monument felt that this was a fitting and relevant theme for this year, one where the nation endured hardship and unrest, but also saw amazing examples of dedication and sacrifice. Students are invited to create art and write essays about helping and healing, connecting their own experiences to George Washington Carver’s compassionate outreach to others.

The entry deadline is February 12, 2021 and winners will be announced March 19, 2021.

Hosted annually for over 30 years, the Carver Art and Essay Contest is a success due to the support of our partners, Missouri Southern State University’s Department of Teacher Education, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Carver Birthplace Association, as well as supporters like you!

To learn more about the contest’s details and for applications, please visit the park’s website. Additionally, schools can arrange for a park ranger to join a class virtually and meet with students so they can learn more about Carver and this year’s Art and Essay Contest! To schedule a virtual visit with a park ranger, please call 417.325.4151 or email

Interested in becoming a volunteer judge for the art and/or essay categories? Contact Jim Heaney at 417.325.4151 or email


James Heaney, Superintendent
George Washington Carver National Monument

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