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OPAC + El Concilio announce COVID-19 Poster Art Contest

Oxnard, CA - The Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation (OPAC) and El Concilio Family Services have teamed up for a COVID-19 Poster Art Contest which is accepting submissions now through March 3, 2023. There are two categories for entries: Grades K-5 and 6-12. Prizes will be offered for the top 3 winners in each category: 1st place - $500 cash prize, 2nd place - $200 cash prize, and 3rd place a $50 Target gift card. Prize Sponsor is The Children’s Workshop and funding is provided in part through the California VA58 Campaign.

COVID-19 took a devastating toll on our community and we’re still dealing with the virus and its impacts. We need your help to make sure our friends, family members, neighbors, and peers stay protected because the virus has not gone away.

Local youth in Grades K-12 are encouraged to create posters that remind people about COVID-19 safety and the importance of vaccines. Posters can show how COVID has affected students or their community. They can also be more general and encourage mask-wearing, getting the vaccine or getting boosted.

How It Works

  1. Get creative by designing a post with your own unique message about COVID-19 safety, community health, and/or vaccines and boosters, and what the pandemic means to you. Winners will get awesome prizes and the chance to have their poster displayed on websites, social media platforms, and future digital and print marketing.

  2. Create a poster manually or digitally.

  3. Submit your poster by March 3, 2023 to OPAC

Winners will receive:

  • A 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prize

  • Visibility on social media

  • Inclusion in a public exhibition at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on March 24, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Contest Information & Rules:

  • Posters must have a positive visual and/or verbal message.

  • Any medium may be used, (crayon, paint, pencil, marker, photographs, digital, etc.).

  • Posters will be printed 8.5” x 11”.

  • All images and content must be your own, original work, or free from copyright restrictions. No assistance must be given.

  • Open to all public, private and homeschooled students in grades K - 12 who live or go to school in Ventura County.

  • Only one entry per person.

  • Entry Deadline: 11:59 PM, March 3, 2023.

  • Posters can be submitted digitally in one of the following ways -

    • Uploaded online at or as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file.

    • Please be prepared to provide original artwork if your artwork is selected.

    • Please be sure to include your full name, school, age, email address, title of artwork, and cell phone number.

Making It Easy to Participate

OPAC + El Concilio want to make it as easy as possible for youth to participate. Youth can attend a poster-making session at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm. If youth need art supplies, they can arrange to pick up a bag of materials from OPAC by calling or texting 805-385-8147.

Opening Reception

Finalists’ artwork will be exhibited at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 pm and will include interactive activities and light refreshments.

Funding for this project has been provided by Vax All 58 and the Children’s Workshop.

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