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Artwork Contest announced to find new Canal Community Days logo

The C&O Canal Trust is conducting a t-shirt artwork contest to find a logo that will represent our 2021 Canal Community Days events. Amateur artists are invited to create and submit artwork that celebrates these annual volunteer events that bring community members together to beautify the C&O Canal National Historical Park for the spring season.  The winning design will be printed on our Canal Community Days t-shirts and worn by volunteers as they work along the C&O Canal during the spring and summer months.

Formerly known as “Canal Pride Days,” our Canal Community Days 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. In 2020, with modified operations due to restrictions around COVID-19, we had 200 volunteers collect 2,000 pounds of trash in small groups. Our volunteers help keep our Park safe and clean for 5 million visitors each year.

How To Enter:

Submitted artwork should represent some aspect of the C&O Canal and the Canal Community Days concept. Each design must include the words “C&O Canal Community Days” and the year “2021”. 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 19, 2021 to the C&O Canal Trust at [email protected] or can be mailed to us at: Canal Community Days 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 Community Days theme. The winner will be notified by March 5, 2021.

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 2021 Canal Community Days t-shirts, and the winner will be provided with three shirts to keep.

Artwork from past years is shown below to inspire ideas, although they use the old “Canal Pride Days” name.

Samples of Past Years’ Artwork

2020 by Aaron Wolfensberger

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.

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