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Calling Young Artists! Yosemite Youth Art & Poetry Contest

Artwork at Gateway Expressions 2 11-16-13YOSEMITE – The 6th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest starts now! Yosemite National Park is excited to celebrate the “incredible creativity of youth in its gateway communities and the power of Yosemite to inspire art.”

YNP together with the Ansel Adams Gallery invite local youth to participate in the sixth annual event open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park, as well as Sonora, Bishop, and Mammoth, California.

Students should submit artwork and poetry no later than Monday, Oct. 3.

Artwork or poetry should be original and communicate a connection to Yosemite’s natural or cultural history. Subject matter can focus on wildlife, plants, scenic areas, iconic features, seasonal changes, conservation and protection, or the legacy that Yosemite represents.

This year’s contest features a special anniversary category to celebrate and honor the National Park Service Centennial. Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate and winning artwork will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery.

Gateway Expressions is just one way that Yosemite is working toward the National Park Service goal of connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. For more information please visit

For more information about the contest, contest guidelines, and entry forms, please call 209-375-9603 or email

Yosemite Conservancy provides support for this student-inspired project.

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