Every year MTD hosts a Youth Art Poster Contest in the spring, with several after school programs participating. Due to COVID-19 related closures of these programs, the Art Contest was postponed. We are excited to announce the contest is now available online!

The contest is open to all students, 1st through 6th grade, in South Santa Barbara County.

Contest Dates: May 22nd to July 31st, 2020

All posters must be created on the official MTD template with an entry form accompanied (Links below).  More than one entry per student is allowed, but no more than three submissions per student, please.

Students must create their own original artwork – no copyrighted clip art, computer generated graphics, or copyrighted characters. Any art medium can be used (paint, crayon, colored markers, pencils, etc.) but remember that bright, solid colors will reproduce better.  No glued on pieces, please.

Posters must reflect the theme of the contest: Outdoor Adventure Buses

Some ideas can include bus stops, bus designs, places the bus goes, etc.  Use your imagination!

Imagine somewhere exciting, draw places you've always wanted to go, or places you love going to on the bus! outdoor adventures [image description: an MTD bus with a headsign reading "Bus Following" lurks behind a tiger; other image: an MTD bus drives through desert sand dunes]

Turn in your completed artwork by scanning and emailing artwork to or by mailing to Santa Barbara MTD at 550 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The signed entry form must be included or the artwork will be disqualified.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Originality and Creativity

Overall visual appeal

Keeping with the theme Outdoor Adventure Buses”

The winners will receive a prize and have their artwork reproduced and displayed on the interior of the MTD bus fleet for an entire year. See below photos for some fun “outdoor adventure” inspiration.

For more information, call 805-963-3364 x233 or email

MTD Template

Entry Form

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