Student Artists Wanted for Annual Kids’ Art Rocks! Contest

Student artist Molly Sabaitis, one of Arts Alive’s 2021 Kids’ Art Rocks! contest winners, poses next to her artwork titled “Gerald the Giraffe.” Sabaitis’ winning piece was leased by Maple Lawn, one of 13 area businesses who supported the 2021 Kids’ Art Rocks! lease program. To be included in the 2022 Kids’ Art Rocks! art show, artwork should be dropped off at Tibbits Administration Office by March 21.

COLDWATER – From alligators to abstract, student artists interested in entering their artwork in Arts Alive’s annual Kids’ Art Rocks! art contest and exhibit should submit their artwork to the Tibbits Admin Offices by March 21, 2022.

This spring contest offers prizes including art supply giveaways plus the opportunity for young artists to have their artwork framed and displayed in a local business. Students from preschool to grade 12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery from May to July.

Kids’ Art Rocks! has recognized over 400 pieces of student art since the program’s inception. There is no cost to enter and each student may submit one piece.  Artwork should be flat or on canvas, must be unframed, be a minimum size of 8” x 10”, and also be appropriate to hang in a business.

All artwork will be presented in an exhibit in Tibbits Art Gallery for the community to enjoy. The exhibit will be juried and pieces chosen for the final exhibit will be professionally framed and entered into the art lease program for businesses to sponsor and display for one year.

Plans for a reception are underway with details to be announced later.

To be included in this art show, artwork should be dropped off at Tibbits Administration Office, 93 W. Chicago St. by March 21 at 5pm. There will be a short entry form and biography form to fill out for each artist, which are both available at For questions or more contest information, call Steph at Tibbits at 517-278-6029 or visit the Arts Alive Facebook page at