Cortland County Community Arts Challenge 2019

It is time to get out your art supplies, your dancing shoes, your musical instruments, your cameras, your computers and pens. The 10th annual Cortland County Community Arts Challenge is underway. All Cortland County artists, dancers, musicians, photographers, and writers are encouraged to participate.

What 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 2019 Arts Challenge is BALANCE.  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 “balance” when planning their creations. All of the Arts Challenge artists will be celebrated at a public event on January 24, 2020.

Anyone 16 years of age or older who lives or works in or around Cortland County is eligible to participate in the Arts Challenge. There is still plenty of time to plan and produce your entry. Submissions are due by November 1, 2019. So, start planning ways to use your talents to be part of this community-wide event.

Full details about how to enter the Community Arts Challenge can be found at You can also call 749-4900 to have a prospectus and an application form mailed to you.

Take the Arts Challenge!

Cortland County Community Arts Challenge 2019

(Please complete a separate entry form for each work you submit to the Arts Challenge.)


The entry fee is $15 per submitted work.

Current members of either the Center for the Arts or the Cultural Council of Cortland County are entitled to a reduced fee of $10 per submission.

If you are submitting multiple entries, you must fill out a separate entry form for each entry.

***However, the total payment for multiple entries should be made only once using your initial entry form.***

Please CLICK HERE to make your payment (one payment for your total number of entries) before pressing submit.