JCPC OcTREEber Art Challenge JCAST 2020: October 1 – October 4, 2020

We all love art, learning, and spending time out in nature, so why not combine the three?!

Walk_Bye™, the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and the Office of Cultural Affairs are excited to announce the OcTREEber Art Challenge. Shortlisted entries will be printed on large vinyl posters and hung at parks in all six wards of Jersey City for JCAST 2020. Youth participants must be 19 years of age or under. The object of this activity is to get our youth thinking creatively and defining such ideas as  

This challenge is designed to encourage the collaborative aspect of Walk_Bye. It is FREE to enter the competition. The entrants are asked to make a collage, a drawing, a sculpture, a cut paper piece, or a maquette: whatever you want to describe your favorite activity to do at the park. Create artwork using paint, pencils, string, paper, pens, toys, legos, leafs, rocks, magazines, color paper, flowers, newspaper, ANYTHING – we love recycled art too!

The Open Call is to participate in Walk_Bye™ at the Jersey City Arts and Studio Tour. This year it will take place from October 1st through the 4th (article from last year: Approved submissions will be printed on large (approximately 2 x 3 feet) vinyl posters, and hung in one of the 28 parks part of the Jersey City Parks Coalition. Founded in 2005, the Jersey City Parks Coalition is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that assists in the development and maintenance of Jersey City’s parks and public spaces. The mission of the Jersey City Parks Coalition is to empower residents to develop, renovate, use and maintain their community parks and public spaces of Jersey City; thereby revitalizing neighborhoods and lifting communal and human spirits.

Submission counts as permission to reproduce for usage by Walk_Bye and its partners. Posters will be auctioned off at $100 per poster to raise funds for the Jersey City Parks Coalition at some point after JCAST ends. Artists retain ownership of intellectual property. 

Please email with any queries.

*** Art Submission Due: September 4th 2020 ***

Use the link below to submit your artwork:

Park Map & Locations will be available mid-September.

Things to Consider Before You Visit the JCPC @Walk_Bye Nature Walk

• Bring a face covering and wear it at all times

• If you are not feeling well, stay home! You can always follow the Instagram page!

• If you are at risk for complications of COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions or other risk factors, please consider foregoing this walk

• Observe social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals, and 15 feet between groups

• Please expect that there will be no bathrooms