East Lake Elementary School students (top and below) in Allison Fiore’s art class put the finishes touches on illustrations they will enter in the 2023 Water Color Project – Calendar Contest.

Fourth- and fifth-grade Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) students are drawing pictures to submit for the 2023 Water Color Project – Calendar Contest. The contest is part of OUC’s 17th annual Water Color Project, an education outreach effort designed to encourage water conservation through art.

Meanwhile, middle and high school students are painting rain barrels that will be entered in the Water Color Project – Rain Barrel Painting Contest, with their submissions made available for purchase through a silent auction. All calendar and rain barrel artworks are expected to encourage water conservation and depict the natural environmental beauty of Florida.

OUC employees, OCPS executive staff and CityArt employees will narrow the 2023 calendar entries to the 13 that best represent the Water Color Project’s message. The finalists will compete for the calendar cover, with the public deciding the winner through a vote on OUC’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/oucthereliableone, Nov. 14-17. The other 12 drawings will adorn the months of the year.  Almost 1,500 OCPS students participated in the program in 2021. OUC and OCPS have partnered on this program since 2006.

In August 2022, OUC received the Orange County Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Partner of the Year award for the Water Color Project for the 2021-22 school year.