Creative Landscape

Photo by Teri Smith

Creative Landscape is a month of weekly challenges to stretch your art form under creative confinements, engage with and inspire the wonder of Mount St. Helens through visual art, poetry, and prose. 

Storytelling has a long history on Mount St. Helens. Lawetlat'la, as the mountain is known to the Cowlitz Tribe and others, has been a cornerstone in indigenous oral tradition for millennia. Colonizers, settlers, and visitors to the region have also drawn inspiration from this ephemeral mountain for centuries.

It is difficult to visit the volcano and not leave with a sense of inspiration and awe, and this May, we will be launching five weeks of visual art and writing challenges for you! Anyone is welcome to submit one or more entries to each challenge.

We will announce the week's challenge on Fridays in May and we will publish select submissions on our website and our social media!


Mountain Haiku

Prior to the 1980 eruption, the conical top of Mount St. Helens was sometimes referred to as the Mount Fuji of America. To honor this connection, week 5 challenge is a haiku! A haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry, with 3 non-rhyming lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 again.

visit this page each Friday in May for a new challenge!


Week 1 Challenge: May 1 - 7

Week 2 Challenge: May 8 - 14

Week 3 Challenge: May 15 - 21

Week 4 Challenge: May 22 - 28

Week 5 Challenge: May 29 - June 4

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