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Washington State Ferries launches art contest for middle school students

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 13:12

Nicola Zanchi, communications, 206-379-8254 
WSF media hotline, 206-402-8070

Drawings accepted until Jan. 18; winning art to be featured on spring sailing schedule

SEATTLE – Washington state students in grades six through eight have an opportunity to have their artwork on upcoming spring ferry schedules.

The Washington State Department of Transportation's Ferries Division is now accepting submissions for its spring drawing contest until mid-January. The theme for the contest is “Ferries + Puget Sound Wildlife,” and entries must be original works of art.

“We’ve printed ferry schedules for over 60 years, but before last year, we never involved our customers quite like this,” said Washington State Ferries (WSF) Service Planning Manager, Lisa Ballard. “We love the creativity our younger customers showed, and are excited to make local cover art a ferries tradition for even more young artists.”

The winning drawing will be featured on the cover of 600,000 spring sailing schedules this year. Those schedules will be distributed aboard the 22 ferries in the system, inside each of the 10 terminals and throughout communities in the region. The winner and five finalists will also be featured on the WSF website, WSF Twitter and in the WSF Weekly Update newsletter.

The ferry system held its first-ever cover art contest, open to elementary school students, for the winter 2017 schedule, and decided to expand the opportunity to other students following additional interest from around the region.  

How to submit artwork

The competition is open to students in grades 6-8. Drawings will be accepted online via Survey Monkey or mail through Jan. 18. A complete list of submission requirements can be found on the WSDOT blog.

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