Art with Heart

An art exhibit for students worldwide, powered by Operation Smile’s Spread the Love Campaign

Operation Smile is all about love. Love for our patients and our volunteers. Love for the world. In early 2021, we’re excited to Spread the Love and share the spirit of service through our art exhibit! We invite students ages 5-18 to use their creativity and help children born with cleft lip and cleft palate.

What: Art with Heart art exhibit

Who: Students ages 5 through 18

When: Artwork is due by Feb. 19, 2021

Where: Worldwide!

Theme: “Be Cool. Be Kind.” Create artwork that explores the ideas of kindness and what it means to serve others in your community and around the world.

Requirement: Your piece must reflect on Operation Smile’s cause.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You can decide which medium to use and if the work will be in color or black and white
  • Selected artwork will be put on display virtually
  • If you want, you will have the opportunity to include your artwork in a silent auction; the proceeds of that sale will go to Operation Smile as a donation

Your artwork must:

  • Reflect on the theme, “Be Cool. Be Kind”: What does it mean to serve your community? How can service bring about positive change, and how does that change better your community?
  • Be no larger than 12”x18” with matting
  • Be submitted before Feb. 19, 2021
  • Be given a title
  • Include the following information on the back: title, student’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name
  1. Make sure the following information is included on the back of your artwork: title, student’s name, grade, teacher’s name and school name.
  2. Decide if you want your artwork to be included in the silent auction, with the proceeds going as a donation to Operation Smile. If it will be available for auction, please work with your teacher to assign your work a fair market value.
  3. Take a video of yourself explaining your artwork and what it means to you.
  4. Email your video as well as a high-quality photo of your artwork to student.programs@operationsmile.org
  5. Get excited! We’ll review all the submissions and reach out to you if your work is selected for the Spread the Love exhibit!
  1. Make sure the following information is included on the back of your artwork: title, student’s name, grade, teacher’s name and school name.
  2. Give your teacher your artwork.
  3. Decide if you want your artwork to be included in the silent auction, with the proceeds going as a donation to Operation Smile. If it will be available for auction, please work with your teacher to assign your work a fair market value.
  4. Your art teacher will make sure your piece is delivered to First Colonial High School art teacher Alison Davalle, whose email address is Alison.Davalle@vbschools.com. She will send it to Operation Smile Student Programs.
  5. Get excited! We’ll review all the submissions and reach out to you if your work is selected for the Spread the Love exhibit!