The N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation hosts the North Carolina Aviation Art Contest each year to inspire and engage young people in aviation.
The contest offers children ages 6-17 who live or attend school in North Carolina the chance to explore different aspects of aviation. Winners from the North Carolina competition progress to the national competition, hosted by the National Association of State Aviation Officials. Winners of the national competition are submitted to the international competition.
The North Carolina Airports Association sponsors the art contest each year.
As of 2022, 10,349 submissions from 720 schools from 93 counties have been entered in the Aviation Art Contest since 2015.