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2018 Nashville Beautiful Art Contest and Rolling Art Museum

About the Contest

Ten years ago, Red River Service Corporation, set out to develop a community program that would raise recycling awareness. The result was the Nashville Beautiful Art Contest and Rolling Art Museum. This program has continued to grow in success and popularity each year, and it is once again time for MNPS teachers, art instructors and principals to commission their most artistic students to compete in the contest.

The 2018 contest theme is “Recycle Right at Home," and encourages education about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling at home, at school, and in our community. Students’ art should reflect ways to keep Nashville clean and protect the environment on a daily basis. This contest is for 3rd and 4th grade students in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools System (MNPS). Each school’s top entry will be eligible to win one of three grand prices or an award of distinction. Prize money will be offered to the art departments of each grand prize winner’s school in the amount of $1,500 (1st Place), $1,000 (2nd Place), $500 (3rd Place), and $250 (award of distinction).

The winning entry from each MNPS grade school will be displayed on the sides of the Red River waste collection trucks. This art will be seen by thousands of people each days as the trucks wind their way through neighborhoods on their routes. The citywide grand prize winning artwork will be on display in the Piedmont Gas Christmas Parade.

Join the Nashville Beautiful Art Contest on Facebook. Post photos and stories from lessons on sustainability in the classroom and of creative students hard at work on their entries!!!

Key Dates

  • October 17, 2018 - Art entries are due by 4 p.m. at Metro Public Works, 750 S. 5th Street, Nashville, TN 37206
  • December 8, 2018 - Public viewing event at Nissan Stadium starting at 10 a.m. (Parking in Lot T)
  • January - April, 2019 - Art trucks will visit schools each Monday through the spring for student events

Contest Information and Rules

About Red River

Red River logoRed River Service Corporation is a waste management company headquartered in Austin, Texas, and is the largest local collector of residential waste serving more than 92,000 Nashville homes. Red River also conducts widespread commercial waste collection and recycling operations.