Calling All Young Artist Activists!

AAPF Youth Arts Competition 2017

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In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the African American Policy Forum wants to hear from you! If you are between the ages of 13 and 22, enter your original artwork for the chance to be featured at AAPF’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Six winners will be selected for the opportunity to come to New York City to attend the Gala, which will celebrate 20 years of the Forum’s work advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights. In recognition of the transformative power of art to communicate, unite, and advocate, we seek to celebrate the dynamic vision and unique voice of young artists everywhere. We encourage entries to draw inspiration from one of our campaigns to promote an intersectional framework, including: #BlackGirlsMatter, #BreakingTheSilence, #HerDreamDeferred, #SayHerName, and #WhyWeCantWait, or art that ties to intersectionality generally. We are accepting artwork in each of the following categories: 1. Music; 2. Spoken word/theatrical performance; 3. Dance; 4. Visual art and photography. 

Entries will be judged in three age groups, 13-15, 16-19, and 20-22. One standout performative piece and one stand out visual piece will be selected as winners in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize. Grand prize winners will receive the cash prize and have the chance to come to NYC and present/perform their art at the Gala!

TO ENTER: Fill out this form and upload your art for submission by Monday May 1, 2017. Please keep all videos to five minutes or less. Winners will be announced by May 15th.

Contact artscompetition@aapf.org if you have any questions.