Classroom Resources - MCHS Mural Contest 2020

Teachers: are you looking for an exciting, collaborative class project for your students to connect through art and history? We have a great opportunity for your classroom to display their artistic creativity while also engaging with local history!

Stangel Elementary

Stangel Elementary

MCHS Mural Contest

The Manitowoc County Historical Society aims to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong learning about Manitowoc County’s past by providing engaging, individualized, and unique experiences. MCHS is inviting classrooms (not limited to Manitowoc County schools) to submit a collaborative proposal through the MCHS Mural Contest. Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms are encouraged to depict life in Wisconsin between 1850 and 1915, and in their own words, why it should be selected to be painted (by their class) into a temporary mural for the 2019 summer season, along with a brief description of the historical scene depicted.

Classroom entries will be reviewed by a committee of MCHS staff and volunteers. Top entries will be highlighted on the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s website. The winning class will paint a 4’x4’ board to hang on the side of the General Store in the children’s Discovery Village for the 2020 summer season. All participants will be invited to a reception in May 2020 to celebrate their accomplishments. There is no entry fee.

The winning classroom will be notified by Friday, March 20, 2020. Then, MCHS Program Coordinator will schedule a classroom visit with teacher to deliver a 4’x4’ board for the painting of the mural and to congratulate the students and answer any questions. The teacher will arrange with Program Coordinator for a pick-up of the completed board before May 1, 2020.

How to Enter:

Step 1: Have a classroom discussion about the project and talk about what life was like in Wisconsin between 1850 and 1915. Let us know you’ll be entering by filling out the form below.

Step 2: Decide as a class on a topic for the mural board.

Step 3: Create your design, fill out the official entry form, and write a rationale statement.

Step 4: Submit your completed design proposal with an official entry form to MCHS by March 6, 2020.

Step 5: Celebrate with all participants at a reception at MCHS in May 2020.

Important Dates:

  • MCHS Mural proposal due at MCHS by Friday, March 6, 2020

  • Winning proposal announced Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Winner classroom visit at the end of March

  • Mural participant reception May 2020

  • Winning mural on view at MCHS from Memorial Day through October 24, 2020

A complete list of guidelines (along with tips & ticks to get started) is available HERE.

Review the mural rubric HERE.


MCHS Mural Contest Interest Form

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