The 7th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest was held at Oneida County municipalities and youth serving agencies the week of July 7th 2015. Children in age specific categories; 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 had the opportunity to draw a positive image on a single sidewalk slab with chalk donated from Walmart and Target.


This year 1,130 youth county-wide participated hoping to reach the finals that were held Thursday July 16th on the sidewalks that encompassed Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor on State Street in Utica. The finals competition had 85 youth compete.  Medals were presented to the top three (3) finishers in each age category.  After the competition all 85 finalists were treated to a “free” tour of Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute.  The number of participants county-wide has increased every year!

“The kids artistic abilities and positive self-expressions were beautifully designed for all to be amazed,” Oneida County Youth Bureau Director Kevin Green said.  “The kids decorated the sidewalk with pride, a lot of creative thought, and their energy was refreshing.  This event would not be possible without the support of our fantastic partners; Walmart, Target, Pratt MWP and Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute.  Our partners give the youth of Oneida County an opportunity to experience one of the crown jewels in Oneida County, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute,” Green added.  

The Youth Bureau would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors, Walmart and Target, our judges, Rochelle Ferro, Emily Leo, and Katie Weldon.

Please mark your calendars for the week of July 4th through July 8th, 2016 and plan on having your agency, city, town or village participate in our 8th Annual Sidewalk Art Contest.  The finals will be held the following Thursday, July 14th.  The event is free.

The Oneida County Youth Bureau looks forward to having your youth participate and be a part of this popular, fun-filled event as WE WORK TOGETHER to provide all our Oneida County youth with safe, positive and innovative programs.

For more information on Sidewalk Art or any of our other initiatives, please contact the Youth Bureau at 798-5027 or visit our website, www.ocgov.net/youth .

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2015 Sidewalk Art Champions  
5-7 Age Category Park/Agency
1st Place: Carl Pace Thea Bowman
2nd Place: Eden McCarthy Rome Art Community Center
3rd Place: Brody Faffley Mohawk Valley Community Action
8-10 Age Category  
1st Place: Cassie Whitfield Our Lady of Lourdes
2nd Place: Elise Mozloom Our Lady of Lourdes
3rd Place: Jovanna Maldonado  Mohawk Valley Community Action
11-13 Age Category  
1st Place: Mia Peyche Our Lady of Lourdes
2nd Place: Lieschen Walz Our Lady of Lourdes
3rd Place: Apache Mendoza Rome Art and Community Center
14-18 Age Category  
1st Place: Morgan Kessler Kids Oneida
2nd Place: Ler Pwesay Thea Bowman
3rd Place: N/A