Do you paint or draw? Perhaps you make pottery, jewelry or sculpt. Or do you enjoy digital photography or poetry?

In whichever of these arts you shine, you are invited to enter your best works in the Celebration of the Arts — a competition for amateur artists 50 and over who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Winners will receive awards, cash prizes (up to $100), as well as the opportunity to exhibit in one or more area galleries. In addition, photos of all artists and their works will be published in a special “Celebration of the Arts” section to be printed in the Beacon this fall.


Special Opportunity – Act NOW!

AARP DC will sponsor 16 entries in the Celebration of the Arts contest. If you would like a sponsored entry, do one or both of the following and receive up to 2 sponsored entries:

  • Follow AARP DC on Twitter and tweet the following: I’m a proud #DC50Plus artist. Thanks, @AARPDC for sponsoring my entry in @the_beacons Celebration of the Arts contest.
  • Like AARP DC on Facebook and send us a Facebook message letting us know you’d like a free entry.

The online competition runs through June 29, 2018. Winners will be announced in August, and they will be honored at Expos in Baltimore County, Howard County and Montgomery County, Md., and in Fairfax County, Va.

Entries will remain archived on the site, and will be visible to the general public once the winners are announced. You may also offer your works for sale through the website.

For complete rules or to submit your entries, visit mdfedart.com/BeaconCelebration