Given the difficult circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent school closures, the Diverse-City Art Competition is on hold until further notice. (We will be sure to communicate future updates as soon as we can, including next steps for those who already submitted pieces this year.)
However, while we cannot currently accept physical copies of anyone’s work, we are excited to offer an alternative in the meantime. The arts are perhaps more crucial than ever during times of crisis. The Student Creativity Showcase will not focus on any particular theme or award prizes, but rather to give all young people an additional outlet for self-expression during this challenging and potentially isolating time. All students K-12 in the St. Louis metropolitan area are invited to submit creative work of any kind, on any theme or subject, to be displayed on DAP’s social media and/or website. We hope this experience can be cathartic, fun, and meaningful for individual artists and the community.
Acceptable submission formats include:
With every submission please let us know your name, grade level, and school.
By submitting creative work to DAP, you are granting us permission to share that work on social media and/or our website.
Contact Mahlik Good, DAP’s Youth Programs Manager at email@example.com to submit creative work or ask questions!
“Relocation” by Alice Yang, Grade 10, Fort Zumwalt East High School
Note from the artist: “This piece is a representation of my memories of a Chinatown in my hometown (Brooklyn, NY). While creating this artwork, I was investigating how I’ve grown to be proud of my Chinese roots in an American environment. I wanted to illustrate my pride and admiration for how Chinese immigrants have come to a completely foreign environment and transformed it by carving out their own communities. I think that in our nation, China is synonymous with communism, cheap products, and now, the coronavirus. In Chinatown, Chinese culture can just be good food, loud squabbles, and everyday people. For me, Chinatown is a way to stay connected to an inherent part of my story.”