City of Miami Announces Student Art Competition

Published on April 22, 2021

Student Art Competition for 125th Anniversary Celebration

This month, the City of Miami, in partnership with the Dade Heritage Trust, is hosting the inaugural “What Miami Means to Me” Visual Arts Competition for local students in grades K-12 as part of its 125th Anniversary celebration. Students are invited to showcase their artistic talents and create their own original representation of an area of the Magic City that is dear to them, in keeping with the competition’s theme. Miami has grown exponentially since its incorporation in 1896, becoming a melting pot for different cultures that each have a strong leaning towards the visual arts, and this year’s visual arts competition provides a natural platform to amplify and showcase Miami’s unique culture and history. 

The Dade Heritage Trust, founded in 1972 and now Miami-Dade County’s largest preservation organization, is a natural partner for “What Miami Means to Me”, given its mission to preserve Miami-Dade County’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage through preservation, education and advocacy efforts. Entries are now being accepted by the Trust for three age group categories – elementary, middle and high school – and the deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 30.

The Trust is generously offering cash prizes for the top three entries in each of the three age groups - $250, $175 and $75, respectively. Given the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Trust hopes that these cash prizes will help ease the financial burden that many local families are now experiencing. In addition to cash prizes, each winner will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and gift cards. One student’s work will also become the symbolic image for the City of Miami’s 125th Anniversary Celebration this year.

It is important to note that ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed Student Identification Label and an Artwork Release Form. Entries can include architecture such as buildings, plant and animal life, people and vistas, such as sea, sky and landscape.

The Trust is currently accepting entries and will continue to do so up to April 30, 2021. They can be mailed to or dropped off at the Trust’s headquarters located at 190 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, FL 33131 or they can be e-mailed to

Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible; likewise, parents are asked to encourage their children to enter as we work together to enhance and showcase the creative side of the many children that call the City of Miami, The Magic City, their home!

Contact: Larry Gautier Senior Vice President NAI Miami      

Phone: 305-397-6919 Email:

Student Art Competition for 125th Anniversary Celebration(PDF, 3MB)