Diversity Awareness Partnership

Diverse-City Art Competition

The 2019 Diverse-City Art Competition winners, clockwise from upper left: “Equal and the Same” by Case Fagan (9th-12th Grade); “Dreams of Peace Among Religions” by Eliora Adler (6th-8th Grade); “Rainbow World” by Claire Schettler (K-2nd Grade); “divercity” by Arianna Chavez-Montes de Oca (3rd-5th Grade).

DAP’s Diverse-City Art Competition gives students the opportunity to express, through any type of art, their understanding of diversity & inclusion within their communities and schools. All students, K-12, from the St. Louis metropolitan area are welcome to participate. Submissions may be in any medium, including but not limited to: paint, drawing, photography, video, digital, sculpture, charcoal, mixed media.

Announcing the 2019 winners:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Division
First Place: “Rainbow World” by Claire Schettler
Second Place: “Friends around the World” by Scarlett Tipton
Third Place: “The Tree of Colors” by Lily Deaton

3rd Grade – 5th Grade Division
First Place: “divercity” by Arianna Chavez-Montes de Oca
Second Place: “Sweet Treats” by Vivien Duka
Third Place: Untitled by Chloe Spearmon

6th Grade – 8th Grade Division
First Place: “Dreams of Peace Among Religions” by Eliora Adler
Second Place: “The One” by Maria Smith
Third Place: “Love is Love” by Riley Nesheim

9th Grade – 12th Grade Division
First Place: “Equal and the Same” by Case Fagan
Second Place: Untitled batik by Camille Denton
Third Place: “Face of the Faceless” by Analiese Smith

Honorable Mention: Digital-art comic book series by Katie Schaefer’s Fine Arts class
Lucy Richardson, Ellie Duffy, Ava Perreand, Cate Van Luven, Mary Dill, Ellie Choate, Kate Combs


All students in Kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the St. Louis metropolitan area are eligible. Students will compete in the following categories: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade. Only one entry per student will be allowed per year. Students are asked to not submit artwork created by more than one artist.

Artwork Criteria

Submissions may be in any medium, including but not limited to: paint, drawing, photography, video, digital, sculpture, charcoal, mixed media.

2-D digital artwork must be printed and a physical copy submitted. Videos can be submitted on a thumb drive or through an online file-sharing site (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox) and should be no more than 3 minutes long.

Judging Criteria

Theme Interpretation: The piece demonstrates that the artist thought critically about what diversity and inclusion are and how diversity and inclusion impact or are represented in their community.

Creativity: The artwork is original and demonstrates creativity in both the concept and design.

Composition: The piece is well executed, engaging, and complete; taking into account the age of the artist.

Review Process

A panel of community judges comprised of those with experience in diversity and/or art will evaluate entries on the basis of the criteria above. The artist’s names and schools will be kept confidential until judging is complete. Judging will occur within 1 month of the submission deadline. Winners will be notified via email within 1 week of the judging.

Additional Information

Diversity Awareness Partnership reserves the right to not accept, display, or post artwork that does not align with our mission.

Please note that we may post photos of select entries online after the judging is completed.

We also recognize the vulnerable nature of creating art that may be personal, and the submission form now includes a box that you may check if you would like your name and school to not be displayed anywhere with your work. The complete registration form is still required with all submissions, but only your grade level will be posted publicly if you make that selection.


Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each category. Prizes may include gift certificates, art supplies, art classes, and/or memberships. Winning submissions will also be displayed at a DAP community event this summer and be featured items in the silent auction at the annual Diversity Dinner.

Submission Instructions

Please contact Bridget McDonald, Program Coordinator for the Art Competition, at b.mcdonald@dapinclusive.org or 314-246-7049 with questions.

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