Children's Christmas Art Contest

By Michelle McDaniel

North Texas Catholic

November 27, 2018

Christen Hocevan and Kaylee Martinez (NTC/Jayme Shedenhelm)

Nearly 150 young artists entered the diocese’s annual MCA (Missionary Childhood Association Art Contest) last year. Out of the participants ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, three winners were selected, each receiving a cash prize.

First and second place were both taken by 7th grade St. George Catholic School attendees, Christen Hocevan and Kaylee Martinez. Paola Ramirez of St. Vincent de Paul’s 5th grade class won third place.  Nine finalists were selected after the first three places.

In a previous interview, Father Tom Craig, head of the Diocesan Office of Pontifical Missions, said that contests such as the MCA’s are a way to increase young people’s appreciation for missions.

“I think it brings about an awareness of missions and how children can help children in missions throughout the world,” he said. “It’s a simple way of using their own talents to express their faith.”

“The contest also raises awareness of the simple things they can do that also can bring about a change in faith, change in them, and help them to continue to grow in faith and, hopefully, as they grow older, they will take a more active stance in evangelization and spreading the good news.”

The contestants were also submitted to the National Missionary Childhood Association Artwork Contest, from which 24 winners from across the country were selected to be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas. The artwork of the two grand prize winners will be reproduced as the organization’s Christmas cards.

Two of the Fort Worth Art Contest winners also won in the National Missionary Childhood Association Artwork Contest. Kaylee Martinez, who took second place in MCA, and finalist Alexis Condor both additionally won in the national competition.

The Diocese of Fort Worth will sponsor a Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest during December 2018 through January 2019. Applicants have the opportunity to be submitted to the National Missionary Childhood Association Artwork Contest and be again displayed in Washington, D.C. in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Artists must adhere to a series of guidelines dictating which supplies may be used and which Christmas-themed scenes they may recreate in their submitted artwork, done on an 8 1/2” by 11” white paper or cardstock.

Several changes have been made to the guidelines of submissions since last year including the omission of colored pencils and vertically oriented artwork.

The MCA opened an online entry point that allows participants to skip directly to the national level.

Submissions are accepted from now until January 31, 2019. More details can be found at fwdioc.org/mca-national-christmas-artwork-contest.

Deliver or mail drawings to:

MCA Art Contest
c/o Pontifical Missions Office
800 West Loop 820 S.
Fort Worth, TX 76108

Nearly 150 young artists entered the diocese’s annual MCA (Missionary Childhood Association Art Contest) last year. Out of the participants ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, three winners were selected, each receiving a cash prize.

(until 10/2/2035)