The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and two Forest Park groups are collaborating to bring a different type of celebration to Forest Park: an art contest for kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Forest Park Arts Alliance and the Forest Park Environmental Control Commission are partnering for a recycled art contest with the theme “Recycling & Renewable Energy!”

All students (public, private, homeschool) in grades K – 12 who live within the village limits of Forest Park are invited to participate. Winners will be recognized and prizes awarded at the village council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Forest Park Public Library until May 4.

The contest is broken down into categories based on age: Grades K – 1, grades 2 – 4, grades 5 – 8, and grades 9 – 12. Although the requirements are slightly different for each category, all ages are required to use products recycled by Forest Park’s recycling program in their creations, such as cardboard from cereal boxes, milk cartons, or other reusable materials.

In addition to pride of creation and learning about the village’s recycling program, kids have the opportunity to win money. First place in the K-Grade 1 category wins $25; first place in the Grades 2 – Grades 4 category wins $50; first place in the Grades 5 – Grades 8 category wins $75; and the winner of the Grades 9 – Grades 8 category will win $100.

Entries are due on April 22 between the hours of 3 and 5:30 p.m. Closed session judging will take place at 6 p.m., and there will be an open house to view all entries from 7 to 9 p.m. that evening.

Official rules and the entry form can be found online at or at