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A Traveling Exhibit for Schools, Libraries, and Museums

For more than three 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, bookstores, and online. 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. The exhibit travels to the communities of the various participants where it is displayed in local schools and libraries.

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.

Exhibition Schedule

  • 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

See the selections from Origami by Children for this and past years here! Collections available for exhibition are marked (*).

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.