National Graffiti Mural Contest

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How Does Science Inspire You?

Canada Science and Technology Museum
National Graffiti Mural Contest


Science is part of our daily lives, and the Museum wants you to show off your science. What does science mean to you? How do you use science every day? The Museum challenges you to answer the question “How does science inspire you?” through the submission of a mural design. This design can be a scan or photo of a two-dimensional piece of artwork of your own creation. The design may draw from the Museum’s collection and upcoming exhibition topics, as well as your own unique and personal experiences. The winning designs will be incorporated in a mural on the hoarding walls surrounding the Museum construction site, at 1867 Lancaster Road in Ottawa.

Opening in November 2017, the renewed Canada Science and Technology Museum is positioned to become a point of entry and inspiration for Canadians to explore ideas and innovations in science and technology in an interactive and engaging way. A vast collection of unique objects will provide a launch pad for discovery, exciting demonstrations will expose visitors to incredible phenomena, and new exhibitions will be portals into the worlds of sound design, steam power, the great outdoors, medicine and the senses, hidden worlds, illusions and perceptions, household consumption, wearable technology, and the transformation of resources. The Museum’s collection is accessible online at


A panel of artists from urban art organizations across Canada, including House of PainT, and representatives from the Museum will evaluate the submissions for each individual category. Winning submissions will be chosen based on quality, originality, and adherence to the theme. More details on judging criteria can be found on the following rubric.


Each winner will have the choice of one of the following prizes, valued at $1,000, for their school or community organization :

Option 1 Prusa i3 Plus 3D printer kit with 4 spools of filament

Option 2 Set of six Sphero SPRK edition robotic balls

Option 3 Set of 4 Dash programmable robots, and 2 sets of Magna Tiles

Local graffiti artists will use the winning designs to create a mural that will adorn the hoarding walls surrounding the Museum construction site. A profile of the winners with their winning design will be featured on the Museum’s website. In addition, the winnerswill receive a large-format copy of their winning design as rendered by the graffiti artist. The profile and designs of the runners-up will also be featured on the Museum’s website.


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This Canada-wide contest is open to all students between the ages of 4 and 19.

Submissions will be judged in four categories with one winner and one runner-up for each. A fifth winner will be chosen based on popular vote on the contest website.

  1. Individual, class, or community submission, Grades JK to 3 (ages 4 to 8)
  2. Individual, class, or community submission, Grades 4 to 6 (ages 9 to 11)
  3. Individual, class, or community submission, Grades 7 to 9 (ages 12 to 14)
  4. Individual, class, or community submission, Grades 10 to 12 (ages 15 to 19)
  5. Popular vote

Entry Guidelines

  1. All entries must be an original work by the entrant(s) and shall not contain any copyright or plagiarized materials.
  2. The original work can be made in the medium of the artist’s choice (crayon, pencil, marker, paint, digital, etc.) keeping in mind that the design should be clear and clean for ease of reproduction onto the hoarding walls.
  3. Submissions may be made by an individual or a group.
  4. Only one submission is allowed per individual. Groups (classes or community groups) can submit multiple entries on behalf of different individuals within that group.
  5. The artwork must be submitted as a digital copy (.jpg or .png formats are accepted). This can be a scan or a photograph of a physical piece of artwork. The artwork should be two dimensional and landscape in orientation. It should be on a scale similar to a legal sized sheet of paper, 216 mm × 356 mm (8.5" × 14").
  6. Each submission should be accompanied by a short answer to the question “How does science inspire you?” There is no minimum length for this answer but it should not exceed 300 characters.
  7. Entrants must retain their original artwork in the event it is selected by the judges. Failure to do so may result in a forfeit.
  8. The Museum reserves the right to disqualify any artwork that does not meet the contest requirements or is deemed offensive.
  9. Home-schooled students are welcome to submit their designs under the name of a community organization of their choice that will receive the prize package.
  10. In the case that there is a duplication between the popular vote winner and the winner of another category, the popular vote prize will go the submission with the second-most votes.


The entrant agrees that the Museum may use the submitted artwork for promotion in all media worldwide in perpetuity.

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