Each year the Freedom Festival Art Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation. Students have an opportunity to share their talent through painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, or sculpture. Last year we awarded 18 students cash prizes totaling over $2000 (recipients were awarded between $10 and $500). Deadline is February 22. This year's theme focuses on the First Amendment in \the Bill of Rights*. Students may choose to illustrate the purposes and applications of the First Amendment that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may focus on any concept or specific freedom included in the First Amendment such as the Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to peacefully Assemble, and Freedom to Petition the Government. Students may also apply the First Amendment protections to current or historical situations and court cases.

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Theme: First Amendment
Eligibility: Open to all students K-12
Media: Painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture
Submission Deadline: Feb 22

All entries must be the student’s original work. No one else is allowed to alter it in any way.

Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only. PowerPoint format is not accepted. The image should be no smaller than 300 dpi.

No personal or identifying information may appear on the artwork itself, so NO names, grades, teachers’ names or school names on the art.

Divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12


Cash prizes will be based on judging criteria.

Grade 10-12: Win up to $500.00
Grade 7-9: Win up to $200.00
Grade 4-6: Win up to $100.00
Grade K-3: Win up to $75.00

Important Note

When filling out your Contest Entry Form, you will be asked to upload a file with your contest entry. At the very beginning of the form you will see the following notification:

“The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form. Not xxxxxxx@gmail.com? Switch account”

This is a security measure, implemented by Google, to make sure no one anonymously uploads files or other items that are not appropriate or safe. Because it is a Google security feature, the file uploads only works for Gmail users. If you have do not have a Gmail account, you will need to use a friend or relative’s account, or open a Gmail account for your file submission.

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