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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Play More Guide Cover Art Contest

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is celebrating 100 years in 2024 and we need the community’s help to commemorate it! We invite all youth photographers, visual artists, drawers, graphic designers, cartoonists, and/or painters, ages 5-18 years old, to share their best original artwork inspired by DPR's Centennial for a chance to make history and have their art featured on the cover of the Summer or Fall Play More Guide, DPR’s program brochure, in 2024. Two (2) winners will be selected based on creativity and representation of the 5 themes of DPR's Centennial Celebration: 

  • History & Vision of the Future 
  • Play & Happiness 
  • Health & Wellness 
  • Nature & Outdoors 
  • Social Equity 

“We are thrilled to offer young people in Durham an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic talents and be a part of history at the same time,” said Kyesha Jennings, DPR’s Creative Content Producer. Applicants must reside in Durham, NC, or attend a Durham school. Participants must be at least 5 years old and comply with these Official Rules.

Consider drawing, painting, or snapping a really cool shot at any one of our parks, recreation facilities, pools, lakes, and/or programs. The winning images (3) will be featured on the covers of our 2024 Play More Guides. Applicants must submit their artwork by March 1, 2024, to, Subject: Cover Art Contest. All images should be 300 DPI or greater, formatted for 9.25 x 6.25 inches. 

Meet Kimani Lee Pratt, Spring 2024 Cover Art Winner! 


Kimani Lee Pratt, at the age of 9, is a remarkable young talent with a passion for science, art, and history. Beyond excelling in academics, Kimani enjoys tennis, piano, chorus, and theater. Her artwork, which demonstrates joy in Durham parks through friendship, sports, and quality time with her dog captures the essence of the experiences we aim to create space for. She aspires to be both an artist and a scientist, showcasing a unique blend of creativity and analytical thinking. Explore more of her artistic journey on Instagram: @kimaniland 

You can browse the January – May 2024 Play More Guide, and all DPR has to offer this spring at here

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