February 28

Art Contest

  • February 28
Each year the Freedom Festival Art Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation. Students have an opportunity to share their talent through painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, or sculpture. Last year we awarded 20 students cash prizes totaling over $2000 (recipients were awarded between $20 and $500). Deadline is February 28th. This year's theme focuses on the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Students may choose to illustrate the purposes and applications of the First Amendment that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may focus on any concept or specific freedom included in the First Amendment such as the Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to peacefully Assemble, and Freedom to Petition the Government. Students may also apply the First Amendment protections to current or historical situations and court cases.
Contest Guidelines

Theme: First Amendment
Eligibility:  Open to all students K-12
Media: Painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture
Submission Deadline: Feb 28

All entries must be the student’s original work.  No one else is allowed to alter it in any way.

Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only. PowerPoint format is not accepted. The image should be no smaller than 300 dpi.

No personal or identifying information may appear on the artwork itself, so NO names, grades, teachers’ names or school names on the art.

Divisions:  K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12

How-to Submit

Click here to enter the Art Contest.

If you have any questions or are having difficulty submitting your artwork send an email to: artcontest@freedomfestival.org.

Awards and Prizes

Cash prizes will be based on judging criteria.

Grade 10-12: Win up to $500.00

Grade 7-9: Win up to $250.00

Grade 4-6: Win up to $100.00

Grade K-3: Win up to $75.00

Download The Educational Events Poster

Click here to download: 2022 Events Poster

Submission deadline – February 28

Click to Download the Supplementary Material

Click to Download the Theme Prompt

Click to Download the Theme Ideas

NEW Hope of America Curriculum

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2021 Winners

Grades K-3

Freedom Award:

Don’t Mask Me

Mia Honey Grant
Freedom Elementary School
Highland, UT

Patriot Award:

I’m Glad I Have Freedom of Religion

Elle Steele
Danville Primary School
Danville, PA

Liberty Award:

Freedom of Religion and Speech for Everyone

Bella Barker
Belmont Elementary
Lehi, UT

Honor Award:


Hailee Garfield
Brockbank Elementary School
Spanish Fork, UT

Grades 4-6

Freedom Award:

Drafting Freedoms

Forest Young
Reid School
Salt Lake City, UT

Patriot Award:

We All Need A Voice

Kalia McKinnon
Brockbank Elementary
Spanish Fork, UT

Liberty Award:

The Freedom to Assemble Peacefully (Equality)

Kylee Leishman
Majestic Elementary School
Ogden, UT

Honor Award:

Freedom of the People

Victor Young
Reid School
Salt Lake City, UT

Honor Award:


Thomas Dunford
Home School
St. George, UT

Grades 7-9

Freedom Award:

What Makes America, America

Emily Parker
Valley View Middle School
Salem, UT

Patriot Award:

Life In Color

Sadie Wheeler
Mapleton Jr. High School
Mapleton, UT

Liberty Award:

Freedom to Believe

Claire Lytle
Lincoln Academy
Pleasant Grove, UT

Honor Award:

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Madeline Miller
Shoreline Jr. High School
Layton, UT

Honor Award:

Save Our Freedom of Speech

Taylor Belle Dean
Lehi Jr High School
Lehi, UT

Grades 10-12

Freedom Award:

America’s First Female Vote

Jane Wilson
Springville High School
Springville, UT

Patriot Award:

Let Me See

Molly Anderson
Mountain View High School
Orem, UT

Patriot Award:


CreeAnna Sloat
Pleasant Grove High School
Pleasant Grove, UT

Honor Award:

Rights to the People

Brooklyn Lemmon
Corner Canyon High School
Draper, UT

Honor Award:

In Our Hands

Abigail Allen
Clearfield High School
Clearfield, UT

Honor Award:

First Amendment Liberties

Crystal Johnson
Mountain View High School
Orem, UT

Art Ideas for the First Amendment

The founders of our nation believed that we must have the right to think, believe, argue, and worship freely, and, in turn, to express our beliefs to our fellow citizens and to our government as freely as possible. That idea—the freedom of conscience—is the core of the First Amendment.

To help you come up with an Art subject, ponder these questions:

1. What if there were no First Amendment? How would your life be affected?

2. Do you think the freedoms identified in the First Amendment would already be protected in a democracy where citizens have a role in shaping the government? Was it necessary to establish these rights in an official document?

3. The First Amendment does not permit people to do anything they want to do. How and why are the liberties and rights of people not unlimited? In what kinds of situations do you think it is fair and reasonable to limit freedom of expressions?

4. Are the First Amendment freedoms among the “self-evident” and “unalienable rights” referred to in the Declaration of Independence? What is the relationship of the Declaration of Independence to the Bill of Rights?

5. What do you think about Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis statement that the founding generation “believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech and assembly discussion would be futile; that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”?

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