Cortland County Community Arts Challenge 2017


It is time to get out your art supplies, your dancing shoes, your musical instruments, your cameras, and your computers and pens! The eighth annual Cortland County’s Community Arts Challenge is underway. All Cortland County artists, dancers, musicians, photographers, and writers are encouraged to participate.

CommunityArtsChallenge_Face_2017_9_FinalProof-page-001What is the Community Arts Challenge? It is a juried competition, co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Homer and the Cultural Council of Cortland County. Cash prizes will be awarded in six major categories: Fine Arts, Artisan Crafts, Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, and Writing.

The “challenge” is to use one’s art to depict or express a specific theme. The artistic theme for the 2017 Arts Challenge is “FACES.”  Submitted works will be judged on how creatively and skillfully they communicate this theme. Participants are encouraged to think about all the uses and meanings of “faces” when planning their creations. The Arts Challenge artists will be celebrated at a public event on January 26, 2018.

Anyone 16 years of age or older who lives or works in or around Cortland County is eligible to participate in the Arts Challenge, and there is still plenty of time to plan and produce your entry. Submissions are due by November 1, 2017. So, start planning ways to use your talents to be part of this community-wide event.

There are some new requirements for entries in our writing and music categories this year.

Please read the prospectus before starting your stories or musical compositions.

Full details about the Community Arts Challenge can be found at