The Marin Youth Poster Contest: A Platform for Youth to Express Their Views on Social Justice, Climate Change and Other Vital Issues

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After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Marin Youth Poster Contest, open to all Marin County middle and high school students, is back. Students are invited to apply their artistic expression to create posters on any topic that is meaningful to them. “Our mission is to provide an inclusive and unique messaging platform for youth to express their hopes and concerns about social justice, health, climate change, women’s rights, firearms regulation, immigration, discrimination and other vital issues,” says Bruce W. Burtch, who has been producing the competition pro bono since 2017.

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The first place winner.

The contest, which is supported by the Marin County Board of Supervisors and other leading nonprofit, for-profit, educational and governmental agencies, provides over $2,500 in art supplies and cash awards, and each student award is matched with an equal value of art supplies for their school. The College of Marin is also offering $1,400 in scholarship funding to the high school contest winners this year that can be used for any College of Marin art or design course, including registration and course fees and art supplies and textbooks from the school’s bookstore.

In addition, the competition sponsors free poster workshops and art supplies for participating schools and students at several Title I schools that serve Marin County’s most at-risk students. Poster submission opens on Jan. 3 and closes on May 6. Visit for more information and to view the winning posters from previous years’ contests. “The messaging and art are truly amazing!” Burtch says.

Click on the images below to view more of the posters that won:

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