Pinata Contest


Win money for classroom Art Supplies!

K Space Contemporary will host the 8th Annual Extravagancia de Piñatas exhibition and competition for youth in conjunction with our annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. Local K-12 teachers are invited to create piñatas with their youth groups, classes, and/or after-school clubs. 

The first 15 teachers to turn in entry forms receive a supply allowance of $30 to use towards making a piñata. Cash awards will be given for piñatas receiving the highest number of votes, ranking first and second place, in these categories: Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8) and High School (9-12). Awards must be used for classroom supplies.



Eligibility: Open to K-12 school groups (classes/clubs) in Corpus Christi and cities within a 50-mile radius. Each group/club may enter one hand-constructed Piñata (group project.) Piñatas must be delivered to K Space Contemporary by Oct.18.

To register to participate, complete the form and click “Submit”. 

Awards: $200 Award for First Place, and $100 for Second Place in each category – Elementary (K-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).  Checks presented to the winning groups’ leader are to be used for classroom art supplies. Voting is by public ballot October 20-November 2. 

2019 Theme: Symbols of Day of the Dead: Marigolds, Monarch Butterflies and Sugar Skulls: Create a single symbol or combine symbols. Use your creative license – Go big, Go bright, Go loco!  

  • The bright yellow Mexican marigold, the Cempasuchil, also known as the flor de muerto, adorns gravesites and altars. Its strong scent and bright color (said to represent the Aztec sun god Tonotiuh) are believed to attract the spirits of the deceased as they come to visit their family on the Day of the Dead.

  • Monarch butterflies are believed to carry the spirits of the departed. This belief stems from the fact that the first migrating monarchs arrive in Mexico for the winter each fall on Nov. 1, which coincides with Día de los Muertos.

  • Sugar Skulls, or Calaveritas de azucar, are left on the altars for children who have passed. The brightly decorated sugar skull is a whimsical reminder of the cycle of life.

Size: Piñatas must be no taller than 5 feet, and fit through a 30” wide doorway. Piñatas must not weigh over 8 pounds.

Hanger: must be ready-to-hang with a built-in secure, sturdy hanger. K Space is not responsible for broken piñatas that have fallen because of faulty construction or faulty suspension method.

Label: Attach a label to the hanger that includes: School/Group, Teacher/Leader’s name, Leader’s email address & phone number, title, and price.  Download label form or pick up at K Space, complete and attach to finished piñata.

Sales:  Piñatas can be priced for sale.100% of the proceeds from sales are paid to the participating group’s leader by check. Enter “NFS“ (not for sale) as “retail price” if you do not want to sell your piñata.

pinata, alebrijes, K Space Contemporary, dia de los Muertos CC


October 5th:  Deadline to submit Registration Form            Oct. 20 – Nov. 15: Exhibition Dates at K Space Contemporary
 Oct. 11-12, 16-18:  Deliver pinatas to K Space Contemporary  (K Space gallery hours: Wed. – Sat., 11 am to 5 pm)
Nov. 2, 3 pm to midnight: Dia de los Muertos Festival, Voting ends at midnight
Nov. 8:  Winners announced on website, on Facebook, and emailed to group leaders
Nov. 15-16, 11 am-5 pm: Pick Up Pinatas