Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest
The Wilson Park Recreation Center is pleased to hold a city-wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest. This contest is intended to encourage youth to reflect upon Dr. King’s life, philosophy and impact on the Civil Rights movement and present-day America. It is meant to challenge youth to think about how civil rights and diversity affect their lives and how they can continue the work of Dr. King in their own way.
Temple youth in grades 6 - 12 are invited to enter this contest and may submit one (1) entry per student. All contest entries must be accompanied by a clearly written official entry form, completed in its entirety. Submissions are not considered without a completed entry form.
Contest Entry Form
Download the Contest Entry Form. Fill out the editable entry form, save the document to your desktop and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5pm.
Submission Deadlines & Important Dates
Entry Form Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5pm
Fill out the editable entry form, save the document to your desktop and email back to email@example.com.
Artwork Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5pm
Submit your artwork to Wilson Park Recreation Center (2205 Curtis B Elliott Dr).
Public Recognition Ceremony: Monday, January 18, 2021
This ceremony will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in James Wilson Park.
Contest Entry Theme & Prompt
During the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leading voice against social injustices. The fight he led against racism and bigotry had many setbacks along the way though. Dr. King understood that resilience and persistence would be necessary to achieve the goals of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite this trouble, Dr. King never strayed from his mission, and he continued to speak out against injustice.
In a speech at Spelman College on April 10, 1960, Dr. King said: “If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”
Challenges and setbacks can sometimes bring out the best or the worst in us all. Think of a time when you were faced with a challenge or setback. Each participant in the contest is invited to participate by creating work that creatively responds to the following question:
When you were faced with a challenge or setback, what did you do? Did it bring out the best or the worst in you? How did you keep moving forward?
Contest Entry Guidelines & Requirements
- In addition to creating a poster to illustrate their idea, youth must write a brief paragraph (on a separate piece of paper attached to the back of the artwork) to explain their illustration.
- All entries must have dimensions of 12 inches by 18 inches.
- Each student may submit only one entry, and each entry must be the original work of only one student.
- Pencils, crayons, pens, markers, or paints may be used. No chalk please!
- No sculpture or three-dimensional entries.
- Physical prints of digital artwork is accepted, but all art must be the artist’s own creation.
- Each entry must be accompanied by a completed contest entry form attached to the artwork.
- Name and grade must be on artwork and attached paper.
- Entries received after the deadline may not be considered in the competition. Entries will not be returned.
- Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: originality, idea that generated art (attached brief paragraph), relevance to theme, effective and creative expression.
Awards & Recognition Ceremony
Contest winners will be invited to a recognition ceremony held on January 18, 2021 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in James Wilson Park. Details on this ceremony will be released.