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“Speak Through Art” Contest at Brookfield Zoo

Join the Chicago Zoological Society as we recognize an American hero, Cesar Chavez, as a champion for improving the standard of living, wages, and working conditions of farm workers through nonviolent social action.

The Chicago Zoological Society invites all Chicagoland area students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade to participate in an art contest for an opportunity to win fun prizes.

Students are encouraged to create artwork about how his/her own positive actions and the actions of others such as in community service, and their connection with wildlife and nature, could keep this legacy of commitment alive in their schools, communities, and/or the world. For more about Cesar Chavez, including historical information, please see the approved model curriculum available for all grade levels on the California Department of Education website at

Follow these instructions to enter:
1. Download the Official Entry Form.
2. Completely fill out the entry form, making sure to have a parent or guardian sign and date the form.
3. Attached the Official Entry Form to the back of your artwork.
4. Mail your entry with the Official Entry Form attached to:
    Cesar Chavez “Speak Through Art” Contest
    The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
    3300 Golf Road
    Brookfield, IL 60513

5. Entries may also be dropped off at Brookfield Zoo’s South Gate attendant booth (with Official Entry Form completed and attached).

All accepted mediums for the artwork are one or a combination of the following: watercolors, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, crayon, collages, or ink. Please note that photography, letterpress, or digitally created artwork of any kind will not be accepted. Please click here for complete official rules.

Final winners will be announced at a special celebration at Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, April 6!

Students from Youth Crossroads and Miss Quince Años Magazine at Brookfield Zoo’s Nature Stage performed theatrical skits of the life and times of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (Cesar Chavez Celebration, April 28, 2013)