Student Creativity Showcase

The 2017 Student Creativity Showcase has now concluded. Stay tuned for information for 2018!

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How do you express your creativity?

Showcase Overview:

Students will be encouraged to submit responses to this question using at least one of a variety of creative disciplines, including: dance, visual arts, theater, music, writing, engineering, architecture, culinary skills, technology, and more! Submissions may be done by individuals or groups (within the same grade levels) and must be received by March 11.

The Showcase is open to all students and organizations: schools, scouts, nonprofits, any group that serves this age student. This showcase is a great way to help students explore and engage their creativity, start a conversation inside classrooms about the importance of creativity, earn a badge, and reinforce the critical message that all children are creative.


  • To reinforce the message that all children are creative by asking them to demonstrate how they express their individual creativity

Open to:

  • All students 2nd grade through high school


  • Open Submissions: Students will be invited to upload images, videos, electronic pieces. This initial round will be reviewed and finalists will be selected in each category.
  • Finalists submit physical entries for juried voting – both by judges and online community
  • Winners selected
  • All finalists on display during World Creativity and Innovation Week at the SPARK! Creativity Showcase April 18


  • Open Submissions – Now through midnight, Saturday, March 11
    • Use the link below to submit your entry!
  • Judging Open Submissions– Week of March 13, 2017
  • Finalists submit actual pieces – 5:00 PM Monday, March 27
    • May submit from Saturday, March 18 – Friday, March 27
    • Mon – Fri 8:00 – 5:00
    • Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
  • Judging Round 2– Week of April 3, 2017
  • Showcase – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    • Located at SPARK! from 7PM – 9PM
  • Pick up Submissions – April 22 – 29


Submission Categories:

Visual Arts Performing Arts STEM Other Age Brackets
  • 2D & 3D Art
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Woodworking
  • Visual Arts – Other
  • Dance
  • Music, instrumental and/or vocal
  • Theater, comedy, Improv, Monologues, Set Design, Costuming
  • Spoken Word, prose
  • Performing Arts – Other
  • Coding
  • Software development
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Other
  • STEM – Other
  • Writing
  • Culinary
  • Fashion Design (including but not limited to: clothing, accessories, jewelry)
  • Other
Grades 2 – 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12

Submission Details:

The open submission, or first round of the competition will take place digitally. Students will be asked to submit, photos, videos, or electronic files that represent their unique expression of creativity and allow judges to see their creativity. While this is an excellent opportunity for classrooms or groups, mass submissions of like items will not be accepted. In other words, teachers are encouraged to engage children by having them determine what their submission may be, not instructing the class on what to submit. Each submission must be uploaded individually. File size for upload will be restricted to 1MB. From the first round of open submissions, the top 60 submissions will be selected as “Finalists” and move on to the second and final round of judging.

For the second round of judging, finalists will be asked to deliver a physical representation of their winning project to SPARK! between March 18 and March 27, 2017. All finalist submissions will be included in the April 2017 Creativity Showcase. No submission may have a footprint larger than 4’ x 4’ or be taller than 8’. Culinary or any “perishable” submission will be sent via a printed recipe or description and a visual of the item.



Finalists: The top 5 submissions from each category and each age group (60 total entries) will be selected as finalists by a judging panel made up of SPARK! Creative Committee members and local business and nonprofit representatives. The following prize will be awarded:

  • Finalists will receive 4 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

Judges’ Choice: A panel of representatives from Neiman Marcus, Fossil and SPARK! will choose the top submission for each category and age bracket (12 total awards). The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Opportunity to be “instructor for a day” at SPARK! Winners who elect to do so will work with SPARK! staff to develop a lesson and deliver that lesson on a date that SPARK! is open to the public.
  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

People’s Choice: All 60 “Finalist” entries will be posted online for the public to vote on a People’s Choice Award. 12 awards will be given to the most “liked” and/or shared submissions across the 4 categories and 3 age brackets. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • One SPARK! T-Shirt of their choice
  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours
  • Each People’s Choice winner will also receive one SPARK! t-shirt of their choice.

Best of Show: Judges will select one individual from each age group as “Best in Show” for the showcase. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Each winner will be paired with a professional in their field of interest for a day of co-creating. This is a hands-on experience customized for each Best of Show winner.
  • Opportunity to be “instructor for a day” at SPARK! Winners who elect to do so will work with SPARK! staff to develop a lesson and deliver that lesson on a date that SPARK! is open to the public.
  • One SPARK! T-Shirt of their choice
  • 10 free admission passes to SPARK! Public Hours

For more details about the evaluation methodology for this showcase, please click here.