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Art in the New Normal

For the last several weeks, we have been focused on news updates about the number of people affected by the pandemic, loss of jobs and businesses, lines at grocery stores, the need for food donations, and the ongoing search for toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  Now we are hearing about potential solutions to open the economy and more recently discussions about the “New Normal.” 


The New Normal, for at least some time, will define how we meet again, probably with masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer. Along with that, at least temporarily, gone are the hugs, handshakes, and other customary greetings. The lasting impression of this pandemic will likely stay with all of us for the rest of our lives.


There are many things we can do to help our community, neighbors, and friends, such as volunteer to help others, pick up groceries or other needed items for those who cannot go out, and maybe sew masks for our friends and neighbors.  As artists, we can also offer a distraction by creating art that makes someone smile.


We encourage you to continue to call your fellow CAA members, share your ideas for art, a funny story or simply to say hello.  We want to thank you for participating in the weekly art challenge. Many people visit our website, just to see what is submitted each week. In the future, we will host an Art Show to display all the art created in isolation.


We hope you will join us again to create art to give our community something to look forward to each week and hopefully make someone smile or laugh.

We will start this challenge on Sunday May 10, 2020 and will end on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

  • On each Sunday, starting on May 10, 2020, we will announce the art subject for the week. In total five subjects will be announced each Sunday, for five weeks.

  • The subject can be created in any medium, surface or size.

  • A GOOD photograph of your artwork must be emailed to before the 5:00 p.m. Sunday deadline. Photos should be centered, straight, have good lighting with no glares or shadows, and be no less than 200 KB in size.

  • Your art submissions will be posted on the CAA Website, Facebook and Instagram, where you can view the work submitted by participating members.

  • Awards will be based on the total submissions for the 5-week art competition and will be announced on June 18, 2020. Monetary awards will be issued to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the ADULTS competition only, half of all proceeds will be applied to the Corona Art Association operational costs. Children and Teens (K-12 students) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons (no cash prizes).

How to enter:

  • Adults residing in the Corona, CA area (including all Inland Empire communities and nearby cities):The donation for this 5-week competition is $5.00 each week or $20.00 for five weeks.You will be limited to two submissions per week.

    • Go to to register and pay online or you can mail your check to: On your check please note: .

    • Email a good photo of your artwork (up to two per week) to along with your NAME, the TITLE of the piece, and the MEDIUM before the Sunday 5pm deadlines.

  • Children/teens (including high schoolers aged 18) living in the Corona, California area enter for FREE and will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. No need to RSVP or register, PARENTS simply email a good photo of your child’s TITLED artwork to along with their NAME, AGE and SCHOOL before the Sunday 5pm deadlines.

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