Diversity Awareness Partnership

Diverse-City Art Competition

Congratulations to our Art Competition Winners!

The 2017 Diverse-City Art Competition student artists used their creative abilities and talents to express their own insight of diversity and inclusion in the Columbia Community. Students age K – 12 from throughout the region submitted their original work for this spring’s competition. DAP – Columbia thanks all the students, parents, and teachers who participated this year! From among these submissions, the following artists were selected as this year’s winners. Scroll down for information on our traveling exhibit of these terrific works of art!

K-2nd Grade:
1st place: Daniel Liu (2nd grade)
2nd place: Kampbell Jensen (Kindergarten)
3rd Place: Lyric McGruder (2nd grade)

3rd – 5th Grade:
1st place: D.L. Kristopher Crews-VanEtton (3rd grade)
2nd place: Sienna King (3rd grade)
3rd place: Aiva Reese (3rd Grade)

6th – 8th Grade:
1st place: Adelaide Becking (8th grade)
2nd place: Avery Zerrer (8th grade)
3rd place: Pan Zheng (7th grade)

9th – 12th Grade:
1st place: JauVonya Cole (12th grade)
2nd place: Marie Olear (12th grade)
3rd place: Kiessence Bassett (10th grade)

Special thanks to our Corporate Partner and Diverse-City Art Competition Sponsor: Commerce Bank!



Thanks to our hosts for the traveling exhibit, and our young artists’ interpretations of “Embracing Differences in Our City”!



All students grades Kindergarten to 12th grade residing in Columbia community. Students compete in the following categories: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade.

Review Process

A panel of judges will evaluate entries on the basis of theme interpretation, composition, and originality. The artist’ names and schools are kept confidential until judging is complete. Competition winner’s artwork will be featured at Columbia’s Annual Art in the Park Festival in June as well as a traveling exhibit.


Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.

Competition Dates

Submissions are now closed. Please contact Nikki McGruder, Regional Manager, at nmcgruder@dapstl.org or 573-817-4354 for any questions on pieces that have already been submitted.