Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Second Annual Spring 2023 Florida Space Art Contest for K-5 Students
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced the launch of the 2023 Florida Space Art Contest at Dante B. Fascell Elementary in Miami. With March being Youth Art Month, students in grades K–5 are encouraged to create an art piece inspired by the theme: Time Travel to 2123: Florida's Future as the Space Capital. Miami-made artist Romero Britto was announced as this year's featured artist for the contest.

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez expressed her enthusiasm for the contest, saying "I am proud to launch the 2nd Annual Lieutenant Governor's Space Art Contest. Last year, we had a tremendous response, with over 2,500 original art submissions from K–5 students. Imagining what the space industry in Florida will look like in 100 years through art allows students to explore the seemingly impossible and tap into their creativity. I look forward to seeing what this year's students dream up."

Space Florida is a key sponsor of this year's contest and believes that supporting STEAM education initiatives is an integral part of its mission. CEO Frank DiBello said "Both space and art are about exploration, imagination, and pushing forward to what's next for humanity. The future is right here in the minds of our children and expressed through colors and paper. We are proud to work with Lt. Governor Nuñez on this important initiative."

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Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr also commented on the importance of science and math in achieving historic space achievements saying "Florida's histroic space achievements would not have been possible without harnessing the power of science and math."

This year's featured artist Romero Britto shared his thoughts on inspiring children through art saying "Sharing the creative process with children is one way we can inspire the next generation of creators...The partnership between art and space creates new realities that captivate in unexpected ways."

The Lieutenant Governor's Space Art Contest is open to all K–5 grade students in Florida who will submit an original two-dimensional artwork based on this year's theme. Submissions will be broken down into two categories: K–2 and 3–5 with six pieces from each group (12 total) selected as finalists who will win two tickets to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as well as have an opportunity to work alongside Romero Britto painting a custom created piece imagined by him. Two lucky grand prize winners (one from each group) will have their artwork launched into space on an upcoming SpaceX mission!

Forms and guidelines for student contest rules can be found online at while all entries must be received by 5 PM on Friday, May 12th 2023 at Space Florida 505 Odyssey Way Suite 300 Exploration Park, Florida 32953 . For more information about the contest please visit

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