2021 Middle School Art Challenge

We invite middle school students to create original art about the following theme:

Challenges, Feelings, and Takeaways from COVID-19

Students may consider the following questions in planning and preparing their work:

  • What social justice issues has the pandemic highlighted? For example, you may consider inequalities in healthcare access, technology access, education and financial income.
  • What are some challenges you or other people have experienced?
  • What feelings have you experienced while being away from school, friends and loved ones?
  • What are some of the lessons learned?
  • Are there any takeaways about things we have taken for granted?
  • How could we have handled the pandemic better?
  • How should we plan our lives going forward?
  • Have you seen or heard any positive messages that uplifted you during the pandemic?

Grades: 5-8

Criteria: Work must be two-dimensional. You need to take a quality photo of your artwork under good lighting and minimal shadow.

Submission: Submit your photo, the title for the art piece and a brief statement (1-3 sentences) describing the artwork’s message along with your consent at the submission page.

Timeline: The deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2021.

Display & Awards: Finalists and winners will be selected based on juror’s choice. The awards are: $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In addition, there will be several honorable mentions.

Please email peacequestlansing@gmail.com with questions.