Can’d Aid to Launch CANvas CANpaign Artist Competition — A Chance to Win $5,000 and Have Your Recycling-Themed Artwork Featured on Water Cans

February 15, 2021

Longmont, Colorado (February 15, 2021) Can’d Aid is searching for talented artists — passionate about recycling and the environment— to submit their original artwork for a chance to be featured on Can’d Aid’s 12 oz. infinitely recycled aluminum cans donated by Ball Corporation. These cans will be used to donate clean drinking water to communities in need after natural and human-made disasters nationwide. Artists of all types – professionals, students and amateurs are welcome to enter the CANvas CANpaign.

Can’d Aid’s Water + Response program has responded to more than 30 natural and human-made disasters across the country since it began in 2014. Recipient communities have included Houston, TX following Hurricane Harvey, coastal South Carolina following massive flooding, Flint, MI, Colorado and California communities devastated by wildfire, and Navajo Nation most recently.  To date, over 2 million cans of drinking water have been shipped nationwide. Ball Corporation donates all of the infinitely recyclable cans for Can’d Aid’s water relief program.

“We’re excited to be launching this contest again,” says Sarah Leavitt, Director of Operations + Programs at Can’d Aid. “The artwork on our clean drinking water is such an uplifting part of our community relief efforts for people — even if for a moment, the color and creativity can bring joy, and perhaps a small smile, to the truly hard time they are going through.”

The First Place winning artist’s work will be featured on Can’d Aid drinking water cans in addition to a $5,000 cash prize. Second Place will receive $1,000 and Third Place, $500. A panel of judges will select the top five artists. Then, the general public will pick the grand prize winner via online voting from April 5-12th. Entry is free and open to EVERYONE — all ages and skill levels welcome!

Theme: Recycling — Can’d Aid water is packaged exclusively in infinitely recyclable aluminum cans in an effort to help eliminate single-use plastic waste. All artwork submitted should convey the importance of recycling, sustainability and the benefits of aluminum.

“Together, Ball Corporation and Can’d Aid are excited to continue a partnership designed to educate our communities about the many sustainable advantages of aluminum packaging and Ball’s infinitely recyclable products,” says Jessica Leary, Global Community Relations at Ball. “The partnership is important for educational purposes, but also plays a critical role in providing relief to communities during times of need.”

Mila Sketch won the first ever CANvas CANpaign in 2017. An Austin based artist, Mila’s work features intricate designs and can be seen on large scale murals throughout the US.

“I was inspired by the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic water delivery campaign,” says Sketch. “Water is a vital source of life, and our tomorrow depends on access to clean drinking water.”

All eligible artwork must be submitted by March 15, 2021 at 11:59 MST.

Submission Details:

  • Artists may submit a maximum of four digital images.
  • Artwork must be submitted in a pdg, jpg, or png format. (preferred design format is Adobe Illustrator)
  • Artwork must be 8.25″ x 4.5″ (or proportionate)
  • No more than 6 colors
  • Keep in mind that the winning artist’s work will be featured on 12 oz. aluminum cans. Please submit art that is suitable (ie. graphic design, sketch, paint, etc.)
  • Enter at org/CANvasCANpaign

About Can’d Aid

Can’d is a nationally recognized nonprofit that rallies volunteers from all walks of life to build thriving communities. Through their unique integrated approach, they distribute water, increase access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment. Since inception in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 6,500 skateboards and bikes have been built for underprivileged youth, more than 2,500 instruments have been donated and the equivalent of 73 million aluminum cans have been recycled. To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit candaid.org.