Calendar Contest

CoMo200 Bicentennial Calendar Contest Theme: 

Columbia, Missouri: 200 Years Rising to Face Our Challenges, Together


Deadline:  Sunday, November 15


The year 2020 has been a challenging one for us all but the citizens of Columbia, MO are used to rising to face challenges.  For 200 years our city has dealt with historical events on both a local and national level that have tested us.  We have learned from the mistakes we’ve made, celebrated adversities we have overcome, and grown because of every experience we have endured together.  


The theme for the calendar contest invites students to create a piece of artwork that represents and celebrates the way Columbia’s citizens rose to face a challenge.  It may be a building that was constructed to provide needed services for our citizens. It may be a park that was constructed to bring our people together. Or it may be an individual who faced adversity or worked to make a difference in the community. You may be inspired by information found in the “History” tab at or by these articles from the Missourian & Columbia Business Times, or within this group of slides that highlight some people, events, and places & include MANY additional resources.


The contest is free and open to all K-12 students of any public or private school within the city. Please read the rules and guidelines below to ensure your artwork qualifies.   

Contest Rules and Guidelines

  • An online submission form must be submitted
  • A Signed Guardian Release Form must be submitted
  • Entries must be received by CoMo200 Education Committee by 5pm on Sunday, November 15.
  • Artwork size
    • Hand Drawing: no larger than 8.5 inches X 11 inches and not smaller than 8 inches X 10 inches. 
    • Digital Art or photo: high resolution 300 dpi or higher and submitted as .png or .jpg. Pixel size between 3300 x 2400 and 5100 x 3300
  • Artwork orientation: LANDSCAPE for all art types. If the submittal is not in the right orientation it will be disqualified
  • Paragraph explaining how the entry celebrates a challenge overcome by Columbia or a citizen of the city.The paragraph must be a maximum of 100 words
  • Only original work will be considered (no magazine cutouts)

    Possible ways to submit artwork 

    • Send digital images via email attachment to jbess@cpsk12.orgcreate new email with a subject line:  CoMo200 Calendar
    • Hand drawings may be physically dropped off at Aslin Administration building (1818 W. Worley;  Attn: Joy Bess), mailed there, OR may be scanned in/photographed and emailed to jbess@cpsk12.orgcreate new email.  Hand drawings that are emailed in, if chosen to be included in the calendar, will need to eventually be submitted physically.
    • Via submission link on (coming soon)

    Mailing Address 

    Aslin Administration Building

    ATTN: Joy Bess–C&I Department

    1818 W. Worley

    Columbia, MO 65203


    Judging Criteria

    Effectiveness & Relevance to theme (50%): Does the artwork effectively illustrate and have a written description relevant to the theme? Does the poster clearly express a message of celebrating overcoming adversity? 

    Creativity & Neatness (50%): Does the student use creative forms of expression? Is the poster neat and easily understood? How much time and effort does the poster, digital art, and photograph exhibit?



    Winning entries will be featured in the 2021CoMo200 Calendar. There will be a total of twelve (12) winners and one (1) Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner (cover) will be awarded a plaque and all winners will receive a certificate and prize. Artwork submitted for the contest may be used for educational purposes and will become the property of CoMo200 task force.


    Checklist to think through before submitting your work:  

    • Complete an online submission form 
    • Write paragraph explaining the theme (on the submission form)
    • Complete Signed Guardian Release Form
    • Mark sure artwork is landscape format, if not, it will be disqualified 
    • Artwork must be no larger than 8.5  inches by 11 inches (standard paper)
    • Only original artwork will be accepted