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“My Life Matters” Student Art Contest

To encourage creativity and artistry during these unprecedented times, the Urban Arts Center, is hosting an art contest themed “My Life Matters.”

“The country is facing multiple pandemics, COVID-19, systematic racism, political infighting and more,” explains Urban Arts Center Producing Executive Director Jiles King. “The arts have and will continue to serve as an outlet of expression. Our children continue to have strong voices and opinions on various topics. We want to hear from them.” 

The Urban Arts student art contest is open to all students in the Dallas Independent School District, and will be divided into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school. The “My Life Matters’ theme allows artists an open canvas to express their creativity. 

Contest Rules

1. Art work must be 11×17 in size (oversized art will not be accepted)


2. Artwork must have at least a (1/2”) one-half inch black or white blank border on all four sides (Framing requirement)

3. Artwork may be horizontal or vertical.

4. Students are encouraged to be creative when interpreting the theme: “My Life Matters.”

5. A “short” positive message may be included in the artwork, but is not required. If included, please ensure spelling is correct.

6. Art media accepted: Use one or more of the following, pencils, watercolors, paints, markers, ink, pastels, chalk, charcoal, photo or graphic design.


7. ARTWORK MUST BE ORIGINAL: NO traced, trademarked, or copywritten characters, images or logos. Artwork must be truly the work of the student and their creativity, matching the age, grade and skill of the student.

8. Do not sign the front of the artwork.

An image of the students’ submission may be emailed to by November 6, 2020 at 11:59pm. Winners will be notified on November 11, 2020. The gallery exhibition will open at the Urban Arts Center, 807 Hutchins Rd, Dallas, TX 75203 on November 202, 2020. 

The Urban Arts student art contest is presented by the Urban Arts Center, City of Dallas-Office of Arts and Albertus Lewis, Jr.

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