The International District and Boat People SOS’ (BPSOS) “Houston, Through My Eyes” Art Contest!

IMD and BPSOS are proud to partner with Mayor Annise Parker in Houston’s Fifth Annual Citizenship Month, and hopes that students just like you will join us in celebrating the diversity and growth of our city.

Are you an artist? Do you want to share your experience as a citizen of Houston through your drawing or painting? BPSOS wants to see it!

This year, BPSOS is sponsoring “Houston, Through My Eyes” Art Contest and is asking all students in Houston to participate! In a drawing or painting illustrate your view of Houston. What do you think of when reminded of Houston and in four sentences describe your work and why you drew or paint it.

To be considered, it takes three steps:

  1. Make sure you’re a student in the Greater Houston area
  2. Fill out the student application
  3. Submit your drawing or painting along with your narrative no later than 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013. Please drop off your artwork and narrative to BPSOS office at 11360 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 910, Houston, TX 77072.

We will be looking for drawings or paintings that reflect your view of Houston. Your work should be creative, thought-out and personal – remember, this is about you and your views.

Five finalists will be chosen from each level – elementary, middle/junior high and high schools for a total of fifteen finalists:

Elementary School Level: 4th and 5th grades

Middle and Junior High School Level: 6th, 7th and 8th grades

High School Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades

We will only accept applications from students attending a school located in the city of Houston.

In addition, all participants, finalists, and their families, will be invited to our Art Display and Awards Ceremony on Saturday November 9th , 2013, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at:

Alief Spark Park & Nature Center
4809 ½ Dairy View
(Diary Ashford @ Beechnut)
Houston, TX 77072

The ceremony will mark the end of Houston’s fifth Citizenship month and will honor the art contest’s fifteen finalists and six winners.

If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact

Annie Trinh at 832.638.2545, [email protected]

Jannette Diep at 281.530.6888, [email protected],


So are you ready? It’s time to be creative!

Download the application form

Download the event flyer