Hope is in Bloom: Nurturing Our Community

To download the rules packet, click here: 2018 Official Rules Packet and Forms

2018 Art and Poster Contest for the 2019 NAHMA Calendar

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) is proud to kick off the annual art/calendar contest. We anticipate that more than 5,000 children, elderly and residents with special needs nationwide will be participating in the calendar art contest this year.

We have added a subtheme to the drug-free message to reinforce a more positive use of time and to encourage a broader range of submissions. The underlying message for the contest will continue to have a drug-free theme but we also wanted to open the door for more avenues of expression. The subtheme for the 2018 contest is Hope is in Bloom: Nurturing Our Community.

Below are contest rules and tips for various Affordable Housing Management Associations (AHMAs), property management companies and on-site property managers on how to hold an art contest. If you require additional information on NAHMA’s national finalists contest, please contact Brenda Moser at the NAHMA office at 703-683-8630, ext. 112.


Who is eligible to enter the calendar contest?

Children who live in a family community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

Residents who are 55 years or older who live in a community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

Residents with Special Needs
Residents who live in a permanent supportive housing community or Section 811 community of a NAHMA and/or a local AHMA member company.

How does the contest work?

Local AHMAs will select up to three winning posters, photographs*, websites*, computer art* or other media*—such as tile, macramé, needlework etc.—which must be submitted as a photograph, from each category (i.e., elderly, special needs and each children’s grade level).*See detailed descriptions for format and size in another section of the contest rules.

The five grade categories for children are based on the grade level the contestants have completed by June 2018:

  • Kindergarten-first grade
  • Second-third grade
  • Fourth-sixth grade
  • Seventh-ninth grade
  • 10th-12th grade

While we encourage community activities to discuss the subtheme and contest rules, ENTRIES MUST BE CREATED BY THE INDIVIDUAL WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.

All AHMA winning submissions are forwarded to NAHMA where a distinguished panel of judges will select the 13 winning entries that will appear inside the pages of the 2019 calendar, including submissions from children, elderly and residents with special needs. Additionally, one special entry will be selected as the grand prizewinner, which will appear on the cover. Only children are eligible to become the grand prizewinners.

All art submitted to NAHMA becomes the property of NAHMA and NAHMA has the right to use the art for publicity, publications and advertisements.

How are the art submissions judged?

Entries are judged on the artist’s ability to create a submission with the Hope is in Bloom: Nurturing Our Community contest subtheme. Specifically judges consider:

  • Interpretation of the Hope is in Bloom: Nurturing Our Community subtheme.
  • Originality of the submission.
  • Quality: Is the art submission appealing to the eye?
  • Overall Artistic Ability: Does the art submission show some degree of creativity and skill for its age group? Will the submission be able to be reproduced with reasonable quality and clarity?
 What specifications must the artistic submission meet to enter?
  • Posters must be done on poster board (or heavy art paper) measuring 22 inches x 28 inches.
  • Any media may be used for the posters, including paints, crayons, color pencils, chalk and collage, but contestants are advised to ensure that the media selected:
    • Results in a flat surface, and
    • Can be adequately protected against damage.
  • The poster must be marked clearly with the official entry form attached.
  • Photography can be in color or black and white and must measure at least 8 inches x 10 inches but not larger than 22 inches x 28 inches.
  • Website design: webpages must be printed in color and measure 8.5 inches x 11 inches, and then mounted to poster board measuring 22 inches x 28 inches.
  • Digital art must be printed and measure at least 8.5 inches x 11 inches but not larger than 22 inches x 28 inches.
  • Other media such as tile, macramé, carving, quilting, needlework, etc., must be submitted as a photograph measuring at least 8 inches x 10 inches but not larger than 22 inches x 28 inches.

Not allowed on any poster or other forms of art are cartoon characters, names of individuals, product brands or the name of the development or AHMA. Submissions from an AHMA that have any of these items will be disqualified.

The official form (see Official Rules Packet and Forms links) with the following information must be legible (i.e., preferably printed or typed) and attached to each submission.


  • Artist’s name
  • Age/Date of Birth
  • Grade completed in June of 2017
  • Grade category (i.e., K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 or 10-12)
  • Name of school
  • Name of development where child lives
  • Child’s address and phone number
  • Name of child’s parent or guardian
  • Name of resident manager/phone number/email address
  • Name of management company for development
  • Name of AHMA

Elderly and Special Needs

  • Name of AHMA
  • Name of management company for development
  • Name of resident manager/phone number/email address
  • Full mailing address and phone number
  • Artist’s name

Each entry MUST contain the above information. 

Incomplete submissions will be returned to the AHMA.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for AHMA entries to the national contest must be received by NAHMA no later than Friday, June 1, 2018. Entries must first be sent to your local AHMA, which has an earlier deadline. To learn when these deadlines are, please call your local AHMA.

Honorable Mentions

Children, elderly and residents with special needs in our communities from across the nation who participate in the annual art contests held by regional and state AHMAs are eligible to be selected as Regional AHMA art contest Honorable Mentions and will have their artwork featured nationally in a special section of the NAHMA 2018 Drug-Free Kids Calendar. These participants are in addition to those that will be selected as national winners.

What are the contest prizes?

The winners of each local AHMA’s contest receive various prizes from the AHMA.

All winners of the national contest receive educational scholarships in the form of a check awarded by the NAHMA Educational Foundation. All national winners will appear in the 2019 calendar with a short artist bio and photo.

The national contest’s grand prizewinner, whose art will appear on the cover of the calendar, receives an educational scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will be honored at the NAHMA Fall Meeting Oct. 21-23, 2017.

NAHMA Prizes
  • Grand Prizewinner: $2,500 check and trip to Washington, D.C.
  • National Winners: $1,000 check
  • Honorable Mentions: $100 check

There is a contest specific entry form for Elderly/Residents with Special Needs and a separate entry form for Children. Please encourage the resident to fill out which applies to them.

2018 Official Rules Packet and Forms

2018 Child Entry and Release Form Only

2018 Elderly and Special Needs Entry and Release Form Only