Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives



About the Program

  1. What is EXPLORERS? This innovative program, formerly called Health eXpressions™, employs the visual arts to engage young people in grades K-8 in the study of health and wellness. Through this interdisciplinary initiative, Cleveland Clinic medical professionals speak to area art classes on important health issues, and the students then bring their newfound knowledge to life through artistic interpretations. In addition to helping students achieve optimal health and a deeper appreciation of art, the program promotes creativity, innovation, communication, and self-esteem, and gives teachers the opportunity to earn graduate-level college credits from Northeast Ohio universities.
  2. What are the criteria to participate? The program is available to all students in grades K through 8; in order for a student to participate, though, the student’s art teacher must first register for the program. Only artwork from students whose teachers have officially enrolled in the program will be accepted for review.
  3. As a teacher, how do I register for the program? To register for the program, teachers must visit EXPLORERS and complete the online Teacher Registration Form by October 15, 2009
  4. Are there any fees involved with participation in EXPLORERS? There are no fees to participate.
  5. My teachers don't know about EXPLORERS. Who can they contact to learn about the program? First ask your teachers to visit If they still have questions after reviewing the online information, they can email Bryan Pflaum at

About the Process

  1. How does it work? When teachers enroll in the program, they will be asked to select one of 10 health topics, and to indicate a one-hour time slot between January 11, 2010, and January 29, 2010. This is when a medical professional from Cleveland Clinic will speak to the teacher’s class about the designated health topic. After the health presentation, students will work with their teacher to bring their newfound knowledge of health and wellness to life through artistic interpretations.
  2. If I missed the teacher registration deadline and didn’t schedule an in-class presentation for January, is it still possible for my students to participate? Yes, even if a Cleveland Clinic healthcare professional did not visit your school in January, you and your students can still participate. Your students can view one of the health videos posted on the EXPLORERS web site and can create artwork based on what they learned.
  3. What are the criteria for submission? A complete list of submission criteria is available at the beginning of the Online Submission Form.
  4. What is the submission deadline for EXPLORERS? The submission deadline for the EXPLORERS program is March 19, 2010.
  5. Is this a competition? Yes. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges.
  6. Who are the judges and what criteria do they use? Submissions are judged by an esteemed panel of professional artists, art educators, and healthcare professionals. All artwork submitted to Cleveland Clinic through the Cleveland Clinic EXPLORERS program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    • Interpretation
      • How effectively does the artwork communicate one or more of the key issues surrounding the health topic?
    • Artistic Technique
      • What level of proficiency is demonstrated through the artwork?
    • Creativity
      • How innovative is the artist's interpretation?
    • Initiative
      • How much effort did the artist put into the project?
  7. What do winners get? Selected pieces will receive a ribbon award. Each blue-ribbon winner will receive $50, each red-ribbon winner will receive $40, and each white-ribbon winner will receive $30. Ribbon-winning artwork will be featured in a publication of all the award-winning submissions, and will also be included in the annual EXPLORERS Exhibition, which will open with a reception and dedication at the end of May. In addition, all teachers who mentor an award-winning student will receive a $100 educational grant.
  8. Is there a specific artistic medium that has to be used for submissions? No. Students are free to choose whatever medium they prefer. Teachers and students should keep in mind, however, that they will be responsible for shipping or delivering the actual artwork to Cleveland Clinic in the event the piece is selected for inclusion in the EXPLORERS Exhibition.
  9. Can I submit multiple pieces? A student may submit more than one piece of art. Each submission, though, requires a separate submission packet.
  10. Will students get their artwork back, and if so, when? Award-winning students will get their original artwork back by the end of summer.