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Submissions for this contest are now closed! Check out this page to see the winning works.

What is the contest?

Art is a universal language for us to share our voices, tell our stories, and act as a medium for change. Here at ARTE, we aim to emphasize the power of art and invite you to do the same.


We invite young artists (ages 13-18) to submit a visual art piece that focuses on a social issue that matters to you. Through your artwork, you can explore a specific issue (e.g. climate change, human rights, systematic racism, gender inequity, etc.), reflect on how that social issue affects you and your communities, honor an activist, or propose actions and solutions for change.


Whichever avenue you choose, we are very excited to see your work! (Please see the page below for examples of art pieces ARTE's Junior Board, who created and organized this contest, find relevant and inspirational.)

ARTE is also collaborating with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Speak Truth to Power Youth Advisory Board in their Mothers of the Movement art competition. “Mothers of the Movement” is an open call for portraits and drawings that depict civil rights leaders that are mothers and the mothers of famous civil rights activists. RFK Human Rights will display the selected pieces, and the selected artist will receive a copy of the book, “The Three Mothers.” Select portraits include:

  • Alberta Christine Williams King

  • Coretta Scott King

  • Emma Berdis Jones

  • Louise Little

  • Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley

  • Fannie Lou Hamer

  • Ethel Kennedy

  • Irinea Buendía

  • Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

  • Josephine Baker

  • Judith “Judy” Heumann

  • Hansa Jivraj Mehta

What are the prizes?

The 1st place winner of the contest will receive a $100 art store gift certificate, the 2nd place winner will receive a $50 art store gift certificate, and the 3rd place winner will receive a $25 art store gift certificate!

All three contest winners (first, second, and third place) and all honorable mentions will have their work featured on ARTE's website and social media!

All "Mothers of the Movement" portraits will be considered for both contests and eligible for all prizes.

Special thanks to Blick Art Materials for sponsoring this contest and providing the gift certificates.


Who can submit art?

The contest is open to artists ages 13-18 from anywhere across the United States.

Who are the judges?

The results of the ARTivism Art Contest will be decided by a team of judges from ARTE. To learn more about the team, follow this link. To learn more about the contest organizers, ARTE's Junior Board, click here.

Salma Halal's Artwork.heic

What's the deadline?

All art must be submitted by SUNDAY, JUNE 18 AT 11:59 PM ET!

How do I submit?

Click the button below to submit your art! In addition to uploading a picture of your piece, you will need to provide an artist's statement/description of your piece and process.

Gun Violence, Salma (ARTE Junior Board member and YVL alumni)

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Le féminisme est-il une nouvelle marque capitaliste? // Is feminism the brand new capitalism? (2018), Odile Brée


Revolutionary (Angela Davis) (1972),

Wadsworth Jarrell


At Least You’re Free (2021), @kikiwhiz7

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Environmental Justice (2006), Ricardo Levins 

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