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Origami by Children

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.

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 and read the "Tips for Submissions":

Exhibition Schedule

OBC 2016

  • OrigamiUSA National Convention, NYC — June 17 - 19, 2016
  • Rogers Free Library, Bristol, RI — September 1 - 30, 2016
  • Racine Public Library, Racine, WI — November 1 - 30, 2016
  • Auburn Public Library, Auburn, ME — January - March, 2017
  • Miller Library, Ellicott City, MD — May 1 - June 30, 2017

OBC 2015

  • OrigamiUSA National Convention, NYC — June 19 - 21, 2015
  • Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI — December 1, 2015 - January 2, 2016
  • Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield, NJ — September 26 - November 1, 2016

OBC 2014

  • OrigamiUSA National Convention, NYC — June 27 - 29, 2014
  • Kingston Public Library, Kingston, NY — July 1 - 25, 2015
  • Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield, NJ — September 28 - November 9, 2015
  • Miller Library, Ellicott City, MD — May 1 - June 30, 2016

OBC 2013

  • Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, Somerset, PA — January 15 - February 28, 2014
  • AK Smiley Public Library, Redlands, CA — May 16 - June 30, 2014
  • Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield, NJ — August 1 - September 12, 2014
  • Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC — October 17 - November 25, 2014
  • FALK Laboratory School (University of Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh, PA — December 8, 2014 - February 3, 2015
  • Waverly Elementary School, Elliott City, MD — May 1 - June 1, 2015

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.org.