March 10, 2022

2022 Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival Poster Contest Deadline Extended to March 21 and Now Open to Students and County-based Artists and Designers

The sixth annual Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival is six months away, but planning is in motion for the event that grows in stature each year. Entries are now being accepted for the poster design contest that will add to the enthusiasm for this year’s event. The contest’s entry deadline has been extended, and in addition to high school and college students, the contest has been opened to artists and designers who live or work in Montgomery County.

The poster contest entry deadline has been extended to Monday, March 21. The parade and festival are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Wheaton Triangle and the Marian Fryer Plaza.

Poster designs should celebrate art and Wheaton's diverse cultures and communicate the fun-filled spirit of a parade and art festival.

The winner will receive a $300 commission donated by IHOP Wheaton and Los Chorros Restaurant. If the winner is a student, an additional $100 will be awarded to their Montgomery County school for art supplies. If the winner is not a student, the $100 award for art supplies will go to a County school selected by the winner.

Designs must be original and may not include images that are copyrighted by anyone other than the applicant. Designs may not use stock images or those taken from commercial design applications.

Design entries should use no more than five colors (including black and white) and should include space for graphic elements that will be added with event information, such as date/time, a logo, hashtag and web address.

Only digital entries will be accepted. Entries should be 8.5 x 11 inches and saved as a 300 dpi to-size JPEG or vector PDF format. In addition to the design, entries must include the artist’s first and last name, mailing address, phone number and email address. The student’s school and grade must be included, as well as the name of the student's art teacher, if applicable.

More information about the contest, including an entry form, can be found at

Details about the first five Wheaton Arts Parades and Festivals, and the posters that highlighted each one, can be found at