Aquidneck Land Trust has announced the launch of the “Sixteen On Center Art and Writing Contest”. The contest aims to promote the importance and value of a healthy environment to the youth on Aquidneck Island. The contest consists of two categories, one art and one writing, that will run concurrently as a way to engage school age children, grades K-12, and inspire their creative juices.

“We saw many creative and exceptional entries last year, and we hope to receive even more this year,” said Chuck Allott, Executive Director of ALT. “Thanks to Sixteen On Center, who is sponsoring the contest once again this year, four prizes will be awarded to schools in addition to the individual student prizes!”

There will be a total of six student winners, three from each contest that will be delineated by grade: Kindergarten – 4th; 5th – 8th and; 9th – 12th. Each student winner will receive a $300 prize. In addition to the student winners two prizes of $550 each will be awarded to the Art and English Departments throughout the island who submits the greatest number of entries. Two additional prizes of $550 will be awarded to the schools whose students win the contests overall. This is a total of four school awards valued at $2,200!

The guidelines for the Sixteen on Center Art and Writing Contest are as follows:

Art Contest: What is your favorite vista on Aquidneck Island? Show us with your art! On paper, not to exceed 11″ x 17″, create your favorite Aquidneck Island image. One entry per student allowed. Students must be in grades Kindergarten – 12th and attend a school on Aquidneck Island. Winners of the art contest will be decided by a vote from the general public via Facebook. Entries may be emailed to

Writing Contest: What is your favorite vista on Aquidneck Island and why? Tell us in words. Each entry may not exceed 250 words. One entry per student allowed. Students must be in grades Kindergarten – 12th and attend a school on Aquidneck Island. Winners of the writing contest will be decided by a committee comprised of ALT staff and volunteers. Entries may be emailed to

Entries for both contests should be submitted to ALT no later than October 31, 2016. Students may submit entries in both categories, but only one submission per category. Contest winners will be announced around December 1, 2016. Questions may be directed to Laura Pedrick at: (401) 849-2799 ext. 18 or

Sixteen On Center is a design/build firm located in Tiverton, RI. Founded by architecture students, the firm’s focus has always been on combining the intricacies of construction process viewed through the lens of a designer.

Aquidneck Land Trust’s time-sensitive mission is to conserve Aquidneck Island’s open spaces and natural character for the lasting benefit of our community. The organization has conserved 2,552 acres on 76 properties across Aquidneck Island since its founding in 1990. ALT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the first land trust in Rhode Island to have received national accreditation. For more information,

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).