City of Phoenix Gets Heat Ready with Bookmark Art Contest

The City of Phoenix Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is partnering with the Phoenix Public Library to host a “Stay Cool Summer” art contest. Contestants will create and submit a bookmark design that promotes heat safety and represents what a “Stay Cool Summer” means to them.

Contestants can feature a variety of ways to stay cool in their artwork such as staying hydrated, finding shade, using sunscreen, and much more.

“As a mom, I know the importance of keeping our kids safe and entertained during the hot summer months,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This contest helps spread the message about heat safety in a fun and interactive way. Phoenix is a leader in urban cooling and heat response strategies, and these creative ideas can even lead to new innovations!”

The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation was established in October 2021 making it the first publicly funded heat office in the nation. The department focuses on strategies to combat heat and bring awareness to the environmental impacts it has in Phoenix.

“Our office is proud to partner with the Phoenix Public Library for this year’s art contest. It allows Phoenix kids to get creative while showcasing what it means to stay cool and safe during the summer,” said City of Phoenix Heat Response and Mitigation Director Dave Hondula.

Students can submit their artwork by scanning and emailing their design to [email protected] featuring Stay Cool Summer art contest’ in the subject line or by dropping it off at one of the Phoenix Public Library’s branch locations.

The deadline to submit a bookmark design is April 7. Visit to find a Phoenix Public Library location.