Arts Alive presents Kids’ Art Rocks! Contest

Kids’ Art Rocks! is a program of the Tibbits Foundation that mats and frames student artwork for lease by area businesses for a year. Prior to their lease, artwork hangs in the Tibbits gallery.

Prior to 2018, teachers would submit their best work to this program. In 2018, Arts Alive took over the program and opened it up to allow for submission by anyone completing K-12 curriculum. This allows for a broader scope of work from homeschool groups or those attending schools outside of Branch County. All pieces are then judged by a panel of judges and the top pieces are then matted and/or framed along with student bios.


* This contest is open to any student currently in pre/K-12 curriculum (not limited to any specific state or school; homeschool submissions welcome!)
* Subject matter must be appropriate to hang in businesses
* All artwork must be UNFRAMED
* All artwork must be a MINIMUM of 8″ x 10″
* DUE to Tibbits Admin Offices, 93 W. Chicago by March 21, 2023 at 5pm.
* Please download, print & fill out the 2023 ARTIST BIOGRAPHY FORM and the 2023 Parent Permission Form

All artwork will be exhibited at Tibbits Art Gallery from May 3 to July 27 with a dessert reception on Tues July 27 from 6-7pm for all artists and their families as well as the general public.

Contest includes prizes & art supply giveaways (must be present at reception in July to win)!

If your child’s work is NOT chosen for the lease: Your child’s unframed work will be available for pick up at the conclusion of the reception or at the Tibbits Admin Office following that.

If your child’s work is chosen for the lease: Your child’s framed artwork will be available for pick up following the year-long lease at the Tibbits Administrative Office, 93 W. Chicago Street in Coldwater. You will be notified by email or phone as to the specific date late summer/fall 2024 when it will be available.

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