Put your pencils, brushes, crayons and imagination to work!
We’ll select 13 talented artists and print their winning artwork in our 2017 calendar that’s distributed nationwide. All winners will receive a great prize. The cover art winner will also win a free trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized during the American Kidney Fund’s annual gala, The Hope Affair, in Fall 2016.
Who is eligible?
Children (16 or younger*) who:
Have kidney disease;
Are on dialysis or have received a kidney transplant; and
Live in the United States
What should I draw?
Use your imagination! Your drawing may be about kidneys, patriotic themes, seasons, things that make you happy, ways to stay healthy, or whatever you like. Do not use copyrighted characters (like Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob, etc.) or pro sports teams.
What should I send?
Please send us your original artwork, a completed contestant form (you may get one at your dialysis center, doctor’s office or on our website) and a recent, clear, close-up photograph of yourself to be featured in the calendar alongside your winning artwork. A school picture works best.
Your drawing must be on white, unlined, 8½" x 11" paper, in a horizontal, flat format. You may use crayons, markers, paint, or make a collage (as long as you use only flat materials). And be sure to write your name and the title of your drawing on the back of your entry.
Name on back
No copyrighted characters or pro sports teams
We must receive all artwork by February 15, 2016.
How is the cover art chosen?
We will choose 13 submissions to appear in the calendar, and will have an online voting contest in March 2016 during National Kidney Month. The artwork that receives the most votes will be featured on the cover.
What if I have questions?
Call the American Kidney Fund’s Education Department at 800.638.8299, ext. 6677.
This year's cover art winner is Kaylee Clabough, 8, from Hartselle, Alabama. Kaylee's summer 2014 was spent battling hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that caused her to suffer acute kidney injury. Kaylee was on dialysis and underwent seven months of intravenous drug therapy. While she was in the hospital, she decided to enter the American Kidney Fund’s Calendar Kids art contest, and her drawing received the most votes in an online contest to select the cover artwork for the 2016 AKF calendar.
About the Calendar Kids Program
For the past 20 years, the American Kidney Fund has conducted a nationwide art contest for young artists who have kidney disease. Thirteen drawings are selected for inclusion in the annual calendar, and the cover art is selected through online voting in March, which is National Kidney Month.
The program provides an opportunity for pediatric kidney patients to express themselves through artwork and to receive national recognition while increasing awareness of kidney disease throughout the United States.