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Posted on: August 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Call for Artwork: Face Mask Design

The City of Issaquah is seeking original, student (pre-K through 12th grade) artwork to create unique, Issaquah face masks. What would you like to see on a mask around Issaquah, in your neighborhood, at home? We would love to see your creative ideas!

Submitted designs will be featured on the City’s social media and a select few will be printed on face masks produced by local companies and sold to help benefit local, human service nonprofits.


Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Compensation: $250 per selected design.

Create Your Artwork:

  • Designs should be completed within the boundaries of the mask template.
  • Use bold, bright colors that will translate well into a digital scan or photograph.
  • Designs can be completed by hand or on the computer.
  • If completing the design by hand, materials like paint and markers work best. If using crayons, apply them thickly and fill in shapes as fully as possible.

Submit Your Artwork: 

Create a digital scan (300 dpi or higher) or take a digital photo of your artwork.
(Please hold on to your original artwork in case it is selected for printing.)

Name your file in the following format: artist last name_artist first name.jpg

Submit your artwork within the Artwork Submission Form.


Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Selection notification: October 2020

Mask production: Fall 2020

Artist Qualifications/Eligibility: 

Artists should be Issaquah residents in pre-K through 12th grade.

Selection Process:

Artwork will be selected by the Issaquah Arts Commission.

Primary selection criteria will include:

  • Originality
  • Suitability of artwork for use on a face mask

Questions? Contact Arts Program Administrator Amy Dukes

*Note for parents and educators: Face masks can be scary for young children and those who may be experiencing anxiety about COVID-19. Art and creativity can be a great way to talk to children about difficult subjects and emotions. Designing a face mask can open up conversation and help children become more comfortable with this personal protective equipment (PPE). As prompts for this activity, you might ask your child to think about what they are hopeful for, to imagine themselves as a superhero, or to think of silly faces that make them happy. Parents, family members, school staff and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear about public health concerns in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. You can read the CDC’s tips for talking with children here.

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