Announcing the 2015 – 2016 Mayor’s Art Scholarship Competition

By | December 14, 2015
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Since 2006, The City of Houston’s Office of Education Initiatives and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs successfully partnered with various organizations to sponsor citywide student art competitions. These competitions successfully raised awareness about Houston’s cultural vitality.

The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Houston Arts Partners host a competition designed specifically for Houston-area school districts and students. Houston Arts Partners coordinates and grows the citywide scholarship with the expertise of district Fine Arts administrators.

The annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship Houston competition fosters collaboration among Houston-area high school fine arts departments and recognizes excellence in student art, which expresses cultural identities and features of life in Houston area neighborhoods.


  1. Provide a forum for self-expression and creative thinking in neighborhoods
  2. Recognize achievement and excellence in visual arts among high school students in the city
  3. Foster art as a means to strengthen relationships amongst students, communities and higher education.

The competition is open to all students in grades 11-12 currently enrolled in high schools of public school districts and public charter school systems in the Houston region where the Houston Arts Partners coalition is active.

Mayor’s Art Scholarship Levels:

Seniors’ Prize Levels:
First Place: $1,000.00
Second Place: $750.00
Third Place: $500.00

Juniors’ Prize Levels:
First Place: $500.00
Second Place: $500.00
Third Place: $500.00

Deadline: All entries and paperwork should be dropped off at the Young Audiences of Houston offices located at 4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite #230, Houston, TX, 77027 by 5:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.

More Info and Entry Forms

Houston Arts Partners | T: 713-552-9345 |

Young Audiences of Houston, a 501(c)3 organization, is the managing partner and fiscal agent for the Houston Arts Partners coalition.

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