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Origami by Children
A Traveling Exhibit for Schools, Libraries, and Museums
For more than two decades, OrigamiUSA has sponsored Origami by Children, an annual exhibition of outstanding origami by children from around the world.
Children whose origami is selected for the exhibition will receive a Certificate of Merit, a one-year membership to OrigamiUSA and a small gift. Experience is not necessary and every interested child is welcome to participate. Most models are made from directions in origami books available in libraries and bookstores. However, original creations are especially encouraged.
Every year children are invited to submit their best folded models; either their own creations or the designs of others. The finest of these are selected to become the Origami By Children exhibit for that year. During the year the exhibit travels to the communities of the various participants where it is displayed in local schools and libraries. The display is made available to other interested communities in subsequent years.
Started in 1978, Origami By Children provides an inspiration for children of all ages to explore their own creative potential as well as to enjoy the creativity of other children from around the world.
- OBC 2009: Wisconsin Arts Board, Madison, WI
- OBC 2010: Thelma Parker Memorial Library, Kamuela, HI | November 1–December 31, 2010
- OBC 2011: The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Concord MA. September 8–October 4, 2011
Submissions to OBC
To submit an entry, you must be 18 or younger as of the submission deadline, March 31, in the year you are making your submission. Models must be classic origami, without drawing, embellishments, glue, tape, or cutting. For further submission requirements and instructions, please download the submission form:
Galleries of OBC Selections Available For Exhibitions
See the selections from Origami by Children for this and past years here! Each of these collections is available for exhibition, see below for details.
- 2013 Origami by Children
- 2012 Origami by Children
- 2011 Origami by Children
- 2010 Origami by Children
- 2009 Origami by Children
- 2008 Origami by Children
- 2007 Origami by Children
Galleries of Past OBC Selections
These OBC galleries are no longer available for traveling exhibition, but take a look to see what our young artists did in years past.
Displaying the OBC Collection
If you are interested in displaying the Origami By Children winner's collection, please fill out this web form and submit it.
For Further Information
If you have any further questions about the Origami By Children exhibition, please don't hesitate to contact the OBC Committee at obc [at] origamiusa [dot] org.