NewArt Northwest Kids is an annual juried exhibition of K-12 student art displayed in the museum's Education Corridor Galleries.

This year’s theme, Strange Weather, encourages students to think creatively about the fragility of earth and human relationships. Students are invited to use their imagination and problem-solving skills to represent solutions for improving our world including solutions to climate-based challenges in our present and future. Students should use this prompt to imagine an inclusive and sustainable future, illustrate an invention, or create a story.

Imagine the future: illustrate an invention that impacts climate issues or create a story that demonstrates your relationship with nature or how nature shapes your identity.

Artwork can be made with a variety of media, including paint, print, digital art, illustration, and collage. Please note that 3D work cannot be considered at this time. Students are required to answer the questions posed in the entry form to provide context about their work. Connect the theme to Common Core subject areas of history, social studies, science, and language arts.


NewArt Northwest Kids will be on view March 2 - June 17, 2024.

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Deadline Extended: January 29, 2024

To help you start thinking about some ways you might respond to this theme, some resources and lesson ideas are below


  • What is your favorite tradition? What is special about this tradition? How is it associated with a season or time of year?
  • Many people have stories or legends that they associate with certain kinds of weather. What do you think of when you hear “strange weather”? Illustrate one or more story or legend or describe them with a poem.
  • Imagine yourself experiencing the perfect weather. Are you inside or outside? Are you alone or with other people? How do you feel? Illustrate what you see.
  • You’ve been asked to create a device that will positively impact the environment. Illustrate your device. Include words to describe how it works.
  • How does your environment shape your identity? How does your identity shape your environment? Illustrate or describe your favorite place. Include elements as experienced through your five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.
  • How can we protect our environment? Imagine a world where all life is flourishing. What does that look like to you?

NewArt Northwest Kids is made possible through support from The Cheryl and Allyn Ford Educational Outreach Endowment. Support for Strange Weather and related education and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation.


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