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Artwork Contest announced to celebrate Canal Pride program’s 13th anniversary

The C&O Canal Trust is conducting a t-shirt artwork contest to commemorate the 13th anniversary of our Canal Pride events. Amateur artists are invited to create and submit artwork that celebrates the 13th anniversary of this volunteer-driven event. The winning design will be printed on our Canal Pride t-shirts and worn by hundreds of volunteers as they work in the C&O Canal National Historical Park during the spring and summer months.

Canal Pride events are volunteer project days throughout the year that tackle the backlog of maintenance projects in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. During 2019, the Trust hosted more than 40 different events with over 1,000 volunteers, who were all vital in helping to maintain the 184.5-mile towpath and 1,300 historic structures in the Park. Canal Pride volunteer projects include painting picnic tables, clearing trash, and removing invasive plants. Our volunteers help keep our Park safe and clean for nearly 5 million visitors each year.

Submitted artwork should represent some aspect of the C&O Canal and the Canal Pride concept. Each design must include the words “C&O Canal Pride Days” and the year “2020”. Artwork from past years is shown below to inspire ideas. The Canal Pride logo also appears below. The logo can be incorporated into the designs, but does not need to be. Please keep your artwork to six colors or less, as printing color artwork on t-shirts can become expensive. The artwork will be used on either grey or natural colored shirts. Entries from both adults and children are welcome.

Entries should be submitted by February 21, 2020 to the C&O Canal Trust at [email protected] or can be mailed to us at: Canal Pride Artwork Contest, C&O Canal Trust, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and age (if 18 or under) with your entry. If you are under 18, please obtain permission from your parent or guardian before entering this contest.

The C&O Canal Trust staff will select the winning entry based on visual appeal, the use of six or fewer colors, and the representation of the Canal Pride theme. The winner will be notified by March 6, 2020.

The winner will receive a C&O Canal Trust prize pack that includes a one-night stay at one of our award-winning Canal Quarters lockhouses. Also, the winner’s artwork will be printed on our 2020 Canal Pride t-shirts, and the winner will be provided with three shirts to keep.

Canal Pride Logo
(can be incorporated into artwork, but not required)

Samples of Past Years’ Artwork

2019 by Jordan Mansaray

2018 by Kevin Rudolph

2017 by Hannah Debelius

2016 by Blake Barron

2015 by Angie Ebersole





About the C&O Canal Trust
The C&O Canal Trust, as the official non-profit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the Park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park’s historical, natural and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities. It is a 501(c)(3) organizations. For more information about the Trust, visit www.canaltrust.org.

Follow the Trust on social media: https://www.facebook.com/CanalFriends; @CanalTrust