For the first time, OUC customers and the community can vote for their favorite artwork to grace the cover of the OUC Water Color Project calendar. Voting on the 2022 calendar cover is open on OUC’s Facebook page and will close at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19. The winner will be revealed Monday, Nov. 29.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students across Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) were invited to create calendar artwork, and each school selected a maximum of 10 entries to submit. Approximately 113 students from 13 elementary schools submitted entries. OUC employees selected 13 submissions for the 2022 calendar based on originality, artistic skill, water conservation message or slogan, and suitability for reproduction in the calendar.

The 13 entries are shown here on Positively Osceola’s website, along with the names of the students who created them and the schools they attend. Images of the artwork are also available here for download.

The winner of the public vote will be featured on the cover of the 2022 calendar, with the other 12 entries representing the months of the year.

Since 2006, OUC’s Water Color Project has taught future generations about water conservation and the importance of this natural resource through art. Students receive a lesson on water conservation and then develop artwork, messages, and slogans for submission for OUC’s annual Water Color Project calendar. OUC and OCPS are partners in the program.

Over the past 15 years, more than 100 elementary schools and over 25,000 fourth and fifth graders have participated in the annual calendar contest. More than 5,000 calendars are distributed each year.