Student Air-tistes Needed for Clean Air Calendar

APCD's 2017 calendar cover artwork winner from Adelia G, Fourth grader from Jonas Salk Elementary School.

San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District is looking for some “air-tistically” talented students to help illustrate the importance of fighting air pollution in the district’s 2018 calendar.

Local students — kindergartners through 12th graders — are invited to send their original artwork showing “the importance of clean, breathable air and what the average person can do to help everyone breathe a little easier” to the district, postmarked by Nov. 22. The artwork must show ways to reduce air pollution and may include a message about clean air.

The contest gives students a chance to see their artwork published and potentially, to make a difference in people’s lives by helping the Air Pollution Control District reduce air pollution and protect the public health.

All of the artwork submitted will be featured on the district’s website — and the 13 most creative submissions will be the featured art in the district’s 2018 calendar that it gives out free to the public. One of the top 13 pieces of art will grace the calendar’s cover; the remaining 12 will be featured on one of each of the 12 months.

Students are allowed to submit one entry, and can mail them to the district or send digital copies by email.

Mailed entries must include a filled out entry form, be postmarked by Nov. 22 and addressed to:

  • Attn: Calendar Contest
  • 10124 Old Grove Rd.
  • San Diego, Ca. 92131

Digital entries must also be submitted by Nov. 22, should include Calendar Contest Entry in the subject line and sent to sdapcdoutreach.lueg@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Mailed artwork should be 8 ½ by 11 inches in size and created in a landscape, horizontal layout. Digital artwork should also be created in a landscape layout. The County’s email system can accept attachments up to 10 MB in size.

Students can send copies of their work, as all entries will become the property of the district and will not be returned.

Judging will be done by a panel of Air Pollution Control District officials shortly after the submission deadline. Everyone will be notified when the results are in!

A more complete reading of the rules of the contest can be found at the bottom of the entry form.

Last year’s artwork can be seen on the district’s website.



Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact