2016 LEGO Design Challenge Now Accepting Submissions
Contest marks 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act
September 7, 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 LEGO Design Challenge. Sponsoring partners are the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Statehouse and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. This year’s challenge theme honors the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This act has been instrumental in preserving the historic fabric of cities and neighborhoods all over the country.

Open to builders of all ages and experience levels, the challenge promotes the creative use of LEGO bricks to explore the history and future of architecture. Builders can create a structure based on something built 50 years ago, or what they imagine buildings might look like 50 years from now.

LEGO Design Challenge finalists will be chosen by a team of judges and the designs will be displayed at one of the four partnering organizations in an exhibit titled 50 Years Past, 50 Years Future. Dates for the exhibit are listed below.

Ohio History Connection: Nov. 9, 2016–Jan. 15, 2017
Columbus Museum of Art: Nov. 11, 2016–Feb. 26, 2017
Ohio Statehouse: Nov. 23, 2016–Jan. 30, 2017
McConnell Arts Center: Jan. 5, 2017–Mar. 5, 2017

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 26. For more details and submission guidelines, visit


Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit

Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For additional information, call 614.297.2330 or visit

Ohio Statehouse
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for preserving the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square, facilitating the operation of state government and protecting those who work in and visit the capitol complex. Additionally, CSRAB interprets the role of Ohio's Statehouse in national and Ohio history, celebrates its art and architecture and highlights its ongoing impact on the daily lives of Ohioans and, thereby, inspires all citizens to participate in state government. For additional information, call 614.728.2130 or visit

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center
The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington brings people together through experiences that spark learning and explore creative conversations in and outside of a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility presenting and promoting the performing, visual and digital arts. We change lives and make memories through creative arts experiences. For additional information, call 614.431.0329 or visit