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Global Challenges: Your Roadmap to Change


The 16th annual City Arts of San Mateo High School Arts Recogntion Program is open to all students attending Aragon, Hillsdale, and San Mateo High Schools. Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and acknowledge the creativity and talent of our high school students.

Awards are given to students from the three public high schools (see below). Also, work submitted by students will be displayed for public recognition in April at the San Mateo Public Library (as many works as the space allows).


Literary Arts Division
(Two Categories)

Prose (fiction or non-fiction)

Entries will be judged on originality, intellectual and/or emotional complexity, clarity and form.

Submissions must be no longer than three pages, typed and double-spaced.

Visual Arts Dvision
(Three Categories)


All 2-D work must be no larger than 24" x 36" and framed and ready to hang.

Click here to download a copy of our framing instructions for 2-D work.

All 3-D work must be free-standing and transportable without damage.

Entries will be judged on composition, tencnique, execution, and visual impact.

Narratives: This optional feature is a typed, one-paragraph description of the inspiration of your work. Please attach to the entry form. Narratives will be installed with artwork at the library.


The theme for 2016 is Global Challenges. The theme will give students options to explore such topics as climate change, immigration, food and water security, etc.

Participants are encouraged, although not required, to use this theme in their work.

Note: Students are limited to one work submitted per category, in either the Literary Arts Division or Visual Arts Division, or both. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed City Arts of San Mateo submission form.


Deadline for submissions is March 11 2016. Please submit your work to an Art or English teacher at your school.

If you have questions, contact City Arts of San Mateo at or (650)522-7522, extension 2787.

Download a copy of the entry form.
Download a copy of the program description.



$350 Grand Prize to be awarded to one student in each division (one in Literary Arts and one in Visual Arts) who best develops the theme of Global Challenges.

$200 First Prize award to be presented to one student in each of the five categories: Prose, Poetry, 2-D, 3-D, and Photography.

Gift Certificates will be given to honorary mentions.


Awards were presented at a reception beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th, in the Oak Room at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Avenue, San Mateo.


2015 Award winners were, seated, from left to right, Angelique Grace Gomez, Anahita Ghajarrahimi, Diana Burdette, Katie Kilcullen, and Armando Avina and, standing, from left to right, Leslie Fernandez, Jonathon Greeley Watkins-Smith, Justine Xi, Scott Liu, Mabel Gonzalez, Sara Wisnom, Laura Rivera, Michelle Reynaud, Camila Menendez, Zion Shih, Lily Zhou, Priyanka Kannabran, Annika Hom, and Amani Kharroub.

- Photo by Tom Jung, San Mateo Daily Journal


City Arts of San Mateo and The San Mateo Library are proud to support the developing young artists of San Mateo through its High School Visual & Literary Arts Recognition Program. This annual program recognizes achievement in the arts for individuals from Aragon High School, Hillsdale High School, and San Mateo High School.


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