The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ School Art Committee hosts art contests at area children's hospitals, including Texas Children's Hospital, and The University of Texas MDAnderson Cancer Center Children's Cancer Hospital. These contests give children who are confined to hospitals for a time the chance to think beyond their hospital rooms by exploring their imagination and expressing themselves through art.
The annual events are held during January. Beginning in October, the patients and their siblings create artwork that is judged by School Art Committee judges. Each young artist receives a ribbon, and the top two pieces of artwork in each age group are awarded a Best of Show or Gold Medal. The winning artwork is displayed in the Hayloft Gallery at NRG Center during the Show.