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: Educational Events Poster 2023

Submission deadline – February 28

Click to Download the Supplementary Material

Click to Download the Theme Prompt

Click to Download the Theme Ideas

2022 WInners

Grades K-3

Freedom Award:
A Free Nation
Joanna Zhang, 3rd Grade
Challenger School- Strawberry Park
San Jose, CA

Patriot Award :
Freedom Flies
Dylan Xi, 1st Grade
Challenger School- Strawberry Park
San Jose, CA

Liberty Award:
Greatness: A Martin Luther King Jr. Speech
Samuel Mueller, 1st Grade
Springside Elementary
Saratoga Springs, UT

Honor Award:
We are Free in Our Religion
Sujin(Sophia) Kim, 3rd Grade
Challenger School
San Jose, CA

Honor Award:
Belief in Freedom
Marcella Lin, 3rd Grade
Challenger School- Ardenwood Campus
Newark, CA

Grades 4-6

Freedom Award:
Freedom of Speech and Religion
Becky Yang, 5th Grade
D. J. Sedgwick Elementary
Cupertino, CA

Patriot Award:
Footsteps to the Freedom of Beliefs
Marina Chen, 4th Grade
Challenger School
Salt Lake City, UT

Patriot Award:
First Amendment
Chantal Du, 4th Grade
Challenger School
Palo Alto, CA

Honor Award:
Under Seige?
Vihaan Sundar, 4th Grade
Challenger School-  Berryessa
San Jose, CA

Honor Award:
Freedom of Speech
Caroline Liu, 5th Grade
Challenger School- Ardenwood
Newark, CA

Grades 7-9

Freedom Award:
Yaritza Aguado, 9th Grade
Freedom Preparatory Academy
Provo, UT

Patriot Award:
Receiving the Freedom of Speech
Anne Stephens, 9th Grade
Davis Connect School
Layton, UT

Liberty Award:
Flying Freedom
Forest Young, 7th Grade
Reid School
Salt Lake City, UT

Honor Award:
United, Not Divided
Morgan Becker, 9th Grade
Shoreline Junior High
Layton, UT

Honor Award:
The Dream Lives On
Elizabeth (Ellie) Leavitt, 9th Grade
Vista Heights Middle School
Saratoga Springs, UT

Honor Award:
The Founding Fathers
Josefina Eyring, 8th Grade
Home School
Bountiful, UT

Grades 10-12

Freedom Award:
Before the March from Selma to Montgomery
Camilla Aston, 12th Grade
Lumen Scholar Institute
Orem, UT

Patriot Award:
Ana Tuba, 12th Grade
Highland High School
Gilbert, AZ

Liberty Award:
The Freedom of Religious and Political Assembly
Madeline Hoyt, 12th Grade
Timpview High School
Provo, UT


Honor Award:
The Freedom of Speech
Xixi Yu, 11th Grade
James Logan High School
Union City, CA

Honor Award:
We Believe
Katie Kim, 10th Grade
West High School
Salt Lake City, 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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