Student Creativity Showcase

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How do you express your creativity?

Showcase Overview:

Students are 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 midnight on Sunday, March 17.

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 are invited to upload images, videos, and electronic pieces. This initial round will be reviewed and finalists will be selected in each category.
  • Finalist Judging: Finalists will be asked to drop off physical entries at SPARK! for juried voting – both by a judging panel and the online community. Finalists will receive information to encourage friends and family to vote.
  • All finalists’ entries will be on display during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 and at the SPARK! Creativity Showcase celebration event on Sunday, April 14. Teachers, classmates and families of the winners are invited.
  • Winners selected by April 7, 2019 and announced at the event on April 14


  • Open Submissions – Now through midnight, Sunday March 17
    • Use the link below to submit your entry!
  • Judging Open Submissions– Week of March 18, 2019
    • All students notified of finalist selection on Monday, March 25
  • Finalists submit actual pieces – 5:00 PM Sunday, April 7
    • May submit between Monday, March 25 – Sunday, April 7
    • Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
    • Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
    • Sunday: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Judging Round 2– Week of April 8, 2019
  • Showcase – Sunday, April 14, 2019
    • Located at SPARK! from 6PM – 8PM
  • Pick up Submissions – April 18 – 25

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 takes place digitally. Students are 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 25 and April 8, 2019. All finalist submissions will be included in the April 2019 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 and the SPARK! Community 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.
  • 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.

Showcase Entry Form Here