Art in the form of paintings, poetry and more allowed Yosemite to be shared with many in the 19th century and also helped ensure its early protection. This program creates an arts competition open to students from school districts located close to Yosemite National Park.

Partnering with the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum, this competition gives students the opportunity to connect with the park through their own artistry. Culminating in awards and an exhibition, the program brings together nearby communities to celebrate their children’s work and also the place that inspired it.

Educators, youth and families established this inaugural event as part of their annual calendar, helping build strong educational communities and links to their neighbor – Yosemite National Park.

Shauna Potocky

Branch Chief of Education

Project Notes

These programs help make meaningful and lifelong connections for youth to places like Yosemite.