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Portland Museum of Art – The Tidal Shift Award

Published December 4, 2023


The Portland Museum of Art in Maine that is promoting its third year of a young artist competition, offering $2,500 and $5,000 cash prizes. We are seeking art educators’ help across the East Coast to spread the word and encourage students (aged 14-22) to apply. The Tidal Shift Award is a juried competition that aims to showcase, amplify and elevate youth perspectives and art to highlight climate change solutions.

  • Why my state – isn’t this just for Maine? No. Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and all Native and Indigenous nations therein are all eligible. In fact, in its third year, the Portland Museum of Art is hopeful to receive many entries outside of Maine!
  • What kind of art? Very broadly speaking. Participants can submit any medium or combination of media (within official rule guidelines) including visual art, music, poetry and more.
  • Age/Details: Now open, the competition seeks artists ages 14 to 22 to submit artwork related to their perspective on climate change.  The PMA values diversity and encourages young artists of any ethnic or racial identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability to apply.
  • Prizes: Winners will be announced in April 2024. Division 1 winners will receive $2,500 each and division II winners will receive $5,000 each.
  • Deadline: Participants can submit any medium or combination of media (within official rule guidelines) by December 31, 2023* (*Possible deadline extension to January 31, 2024, pending entry numbers. Please stay up to date on the rules and regulations page).
  • How do I apply? Electronic submission only. Those interested in learning more on application specifics should visit
  • Can I set up time for me or my class to speak with you and learn more? Absolutely. The Tidal Shift team is available for video calls and phone calls. Their preferred day and times are Wednesdays at 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., but they are happy to work with your schedule. Please contact me (Kat Child at to set up a call.
  • About us: The Portland Museum of Art was founded in 1882 by artists and community leaders, and has a strong history of positioning itself as a cultural leader. Learn more about the museum’s history and mission here.

Seeking inspiration? To see past winners’ artwork, check out the 2023 press release. Also, feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions:


Kat Child