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One Book, One Community Art Contests

For Kids

Cooking Up Kindness: What's Your Recipe?

Using original artwork and words, we invite all Stark County youth to create a poster that illustrates their recipe for kindness. Entries due September 20.

Three Age Divisions:

  • Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, and Grades 9-12

Contest Rules:

  • Size must be no smaller than 8½ x 11” but no larger than 11 x 17”.
  • Original artwork only. We will accept original graphic art.
  • Limit text to 0-15 words.
  • You must attach a completed Stark Speaks Up for Kindness label to each submission (see branch).
  • You must attach a completed media release form signed by parent/guardian (see branch).
  • We accept submissions from both individuals or groups.


  • Winners in each age division will be announced October 5 at the First Friday Art Harvest at Canton Museum of Art.
  • All winning submissions will be displayed on the 2019 Stark Speaks UP for Kindness calendar.
  • Select submissions will be displayed at Canton Museum of Art, libraries and other locations across the county.
  • The first 500 submissions receive a giveaway.

Deadline for Submissions:

  • New this year: Drop off submissions to any of the following libraries during library hours:
    • Any Stark Library location
    • Canal Fulton Public Library
    • Massillon Public Library
    • Minerva Public Library
  • Submissions will be accepted on Tuesday, September 18; Wednesday, September 19; Thursday, September 20
  • We are unable to return submitted artwork after the contest is completed.

For Adults

Food Brings Families Together

Enter the Stark Library art contest with your most delicious piece showcasing how food brings families together. Entries due September 30.

Contest Rules:

  • Original artwork only.
  • One entry per person per location. 
  • Entries can be any visual format, including:
    • Photographs
    • Watercolor canvas
    • Oil painting
    • Chalk drawing
    • Sculpture
    • Etc.

Deadline for Submissions:

  • Submissions will be accepted through September 30.
  • Drop off your entry at any Stark Library branch during library hours.