THE DREAM@50 Art Contest is for all K-12 students in ten U.S. cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, and San Francisco/Bay Area.
Students are invited to create artwork inspired by a word or phrase from The Dream Speech, with the artwork titled accordingly. Each participating school or after-school program selects a winner and two runner-ups, and the winner is then submitted on-line for the selection of the semifinalists. All submissions must be made through a designated representative of the participating school or after-school program. Any school or after-school program within the metropolitan area of the ten cities may become a participant simply by emailing the institution name and contact information (including name, address, and phone number) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A jury of distinguished judges will select from the semifinalists one winner and two runner-ups in each of the three school categories (Elementary, Middle, and High) and one over-all Grand Prize winner, for a total of ten winners. The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony hosted by each of the cities in January/February 2013. Gift card prizes will be presented to the winners as well as to their teachers (for use in the classroom).
The Grand Prize winner from each of the ten cities will be honored in a special Capitol Hill awards ceremony and exhibit to take place in August 2013.
The aim of The Dream@50 Art Contest is to clarify the relevance of history for our young people, to demonstrate the vital importance of the arts in education and daily life, and to build stronger communities based on mutual understanding and respect.
Each participating school and after-school program will select a first-place winner and two runner-ups for their category: Elementary, Middle, or High School. The first-place winners and runner-ups will each receive a Certificate of Excellence signed by their local schools superintendent. The first-place winners are then submitted on-line by a designated administrator or teacher to the county-wide semi-final round. The deadline is November 16, 2012.
Each school district will be required to select their semifinalists from the total number of their school winners, with recommendations made by the curator. The number of semifinalists per district will be determined by the proportion of the district's school winners among the total number of city-wide school winners, in order to limit the total number of semifinalists per city to 100. The deadline for the semifinalist selections is December 3, 2012.
All art teachers are encouraged to email photographs of their school runner-ups to email@example.com for curator choice consideration. All curator choice selections are included with the semifinalists for exhibition and for submission to the finalist judges.
Seven finalist judges will choose a first-place winner and two runner-ups in each of the three school categories as well as an overall Grand Prize winner, for a total of ten winners in each of the ten cities. The winners will be announced on-line and at the award ceremonies in February 2013.
The 2011/12 Dream Art Contest was a co-presentation of Karz Productions and Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with 13 metro-area Atlanta public school systems representing a total of 854 schools and 759,000 K-12 students. Over $282,000 in highway billboard and public transportation advertising for the winning artwork has been donated.
Exhibits of the Dream artwork include the Woodruff Arts Center, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Central Library, Youth Art Connection Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library, and the Coca Cola headquarters.