Diversity Awareness Partnership

Diverse-City Art Competition

Artwork appearing above from left to right: Different Colors by Scarlett Tipton (Grade 1); Fountain Park by Robert Bucks (Grade 10); Transition by Kaixing Chou (Grade 11); Indoctrinate by Gawaka Burks (Grade 12)


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.

Now accepting submissions until April 15!


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. Submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2019.

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 

All artwork must be delivered or postmarked by April 15 to Diversity Awareness Partnership. Please contact Bridget McDonald at b.mcdonald@dapinclusive.org or 314-246-7049 to arrange a drop-off time.

Diversity Awareness Partnership
Attn: Bridget McDonald
40 N Rock Hill Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119 

All artwork must be accompanied with a signed, completed submission form either electronically or delivered with the piece (you do not need to complete the submission form twice). Choose one option below:

Click below to download the submission form to attach to your piece to be delivered in person.

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Click below to complete the submission form online before delivering your piece (will be required to upload an image, video, or doc showing your artwork for tracking purposes only).

Complete your submission form online

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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