The RDK Kinney Art Contest

Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

Collaborates with Florida Schools to Offer a Fun & Educational Art Contest
to Spread Awareness of Sun Safety During Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
Collaborates with Florida Schools to Offer a Fun & Educational Art Contest to Spread Awareness of Sun Safety During Skin Cancer Awareness Month

RDK Kinney Art Contest

The Month of May is nationally recognized as skin cancer awareness month and the first Monday in May is known as Melanoma Monday. In support of this vital public service message, the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation has collaborated with schools throughout Palm Beach County and Florida to implement a fun and educational contest for students – “The RDK Kinney Art Contest”. The art contest is named in loving memory of former RDK Board Member and supporter, Dr. John Kinney, that was passionately committed about educating the youth on sun safety.

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma. The Foundation’s vision is to educate children throughout the country and give them the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives. As the Foundation grows, they will continue to advocate for school districts throughout the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.

Enter The Art Contest

For the first time the Foundation is taking the Annual Kinney Art Contest statewide! STUDENTS and TEACHERS from all 67 counties in Florida have the opportunity to win BIG while spreading the message of sun safety.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced for elementary, middle, and high school age groups. Visa gift cards will be presented to each of the winners and the teacher of the winning student will also receive an award!

Here are some ideas for each grade level: Get creative!

Elementary: Design a t-shirt, make a poster, design a collage.

Middle and High School: Write and perform a song, make a video for social media, create a vignette, or develop a game.

Upon completion, upload artwork through the form below & wait to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

* Must be a Florida Resident to Enter

Grades K-5
First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $750

Grades 6-8
First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $750

Grades 9-12
First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $750

Teacher of winning student
First Place: $750
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

Create a work of art conveying the importance of prevention and early detection using some of the facts and information listed below

Remind people to protect themselves from too much sun exposure when they are outside. Include some or all the Sun Smart Rules (listed below).

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • You CAN get burned while outdoors in the winter/snow.
  • More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour.
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%.
  • If caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable, but because it spreads quickly, early detection and immediate treatment is critical.

The deadline for all submissions is Monday, April 29, 2024.

We thank you in advance for supporting the RDK Melanoma Foundation’s mission of education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer; especially melanoma, its deadliest form. Please feel free to call our office at (561) 655-9655 with any questions that you may have.

Please fill out the form below and submit your artwork.
PDF, JPG and PNG formats are preferred.
Teacher Name:(Required)
Student Name:(Required)
Parent or Guardian Name:(Required)
Student Grade Level:(Required)
Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 25 MB.

2023 Winner

Sofia Incollingo (Grade 12)
Lower Moreland High School

2022 Winners

Elementary School Winner
Cea’San Boldin (Grade 4)
Glade View Elementary

Middle School Winner
Camila Consuegra (Grade 6)
Woodlands Middle
High School Winner
Bigorre Moldenver (Grade 12)
John. Leonard High School

Past winners of the contest include:

Grades K-5 Winners

1st place
Regan McGinnis
Beacon Cove Elementary

2rd place
Payton Ty
Beacon Cove Elementary

3nd place
Berenice Sanchez
Glade View Elementary

Grades 6-8 Winners

1st place
Roshni Padala
Woodlands Middle

2nd place
Aidan Skolnick
Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School

3rd place
Lily Landstram
Woodlands Middle

Grades 9-12 Winners

1st place
Nehemie Perpilus
Lake Worth Community High School

2nd place
Jane Rousseau
Lake Worth Community High School

3rd place
Antonio Ruiz
Lake Worth Community High School

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Contact the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.

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v: 561-655-9655 | f: 561-655-9650
2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405