Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to be outside and enjoy the nature around me. I forgot how uplifting it can be to get out of the house and breath in some fresh air. With Earth Day approaching at the end of the month, it was a wonderful reminder of how appreciative I am of the world around me.

The Children’s Art Lab of Mattapoisett aims to spread that appreciation by hosting an Earth Day Art Contest, available to SouthCoast residents.

Earth Day falls on April 22, just in time for the flowers to start blooming and the greenery to start popping out again. The Children’s Art Lab will be hosting a contest, available to anyone on the SouthCoast, to show support for “a sustainable SouthCoast with creativity.”

The Art Lab writes on Facebook, “Make your Earth Day statement and experience fun!” The lab is looking for paintings, illustrations, sculptures, poetry, or any type of creative work that shows your appreciation for this area, and prizes will be awarded to several participants.

The only requirements are to stay away from fossil fuels, honor Mother Nature, and be mindful of the “4 R’s- refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

Prizes will be awarded for several categories, including Family, fifth through eighth grade, ninth through 12th grade, and college level, with prizes ranging from pizza parties to zoo memberships.

If you need help with art supplies, the Children’s Art Lab will have art kits available (first come, first served) at several libraries in town, including Dartmouth Southworth, New Bedford Main, Fairhaven, and Mattapoisett.

Find the Children’s Art Lab on Facebook for more information on how to enter your creative artwork, what you could win, and how to get started.

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