March 1

Art Contest

  • March 1
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 26. 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: March 1

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:

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 2024

Submission deadline – March 1

Click to Download the Supplementary Material

Click to Download the Theme Prompt

Click to Download the Theme Ideas

2024 WInners

Grades K-3 

Freedom Award:
Portrait of James Madison
Alston Bai
Challenger School – Harwood
San Jose, CA  

Patriot Award:  

Freedom and Flags
Kayla Chen
Challenger School
Sunnyvale, CA

Liberty Award:  

Freedom Hope Tree
Alison Zhang
Challenger School – Middlefield
Palo Alto, CA

Honor Award:  

Land of the Free
Mysha Nishar
Challenger School – Ardenwood
Newark, CA

Honor Award:  

Powerful Door God
Xinyue Luo
Challenger School
Freemont, CA

Honor Award:  

Freedom of America
Blaire Kim
Challenger School -Strawberry Park  San Jose, CA

Grades 4-6 

Freedom Award: 

We the People
Jasmine Zhang
Stratford San Jose Middle School
San Jose, CA

Patriot Award: 

Starry Sung Ah Cho
Robert C. Fisler Elementary School
Fullerton, CA

Liberty Award: 

Fight for Rights
Catherine Sun
The Harker School
Saratoga, CA

Liberty Award: 

We the People
Vinciane Su
Eaton Elementary School
Cupertino, CA

Honor Award: 

Rules for Freedom
Eric Li
San Jose Stratford Middle School
San Jose, CA

Grades 7-9 

Freedom Award:  

Words of Freedom
Becky Yuhan Yang
Warren E. Hyde School
Cupertino, CA

Patriot Award: 

Voice of Liberty
Eileen Wang
Valley Christian Junior High School
San Jose, CA

Liberty Award: 

Right to Religious Freedom
Mingyue Xiao
Leland High School
San Jose, CA

Honor Award: 

Freedom of America
Jan Zhou
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, CA

Honor Award: 

The Senselessness of Censorship
Ann Jiang
Dream Art Studio
Los Gatos, CA

Honor Award:

Whispers of Crying Liberties
Annabel Zhao
Dream Art Studio
Los Altos, CA

Grades 10-12 

Freedom Award:  

Nina Pan
Lynbrook High School
San Jose, CA

Patriot Award: 

Mason, Madison, and Leland
Elisabeth J. Cisneros
Home School
Pleasant Grove, UT

Liberty Award: 

Audrey May West
Woods Cross High School
Bountiful, UT

Honor Award: 

Ideologies of Liberty
Mia Liu
Lynbrook High School
San Jose, CA

Honor Award:  

Amanda Jin
Lynbrook High School
San Jose, CA

Honor Award:  

The Key to Equality is in All of Our Hands
Nya Fludzinski
Trinity College School
Denver, CO

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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