Know Your Power

Know Your Power

A civic engagement arts contest for teens

Art is a powerful tool to share social messages and inspire change. Visual artists like Shepard Fairey, musicians like Beyonce and authors like Mira Jacob have used their creative voices to speak truth to power and raise awareness of the important issues facing us today. Pepco and DC Public Library invite you to find your power and use it to creatively address a topic that is important to you. What change would you like to see in the world? Pepco and DC Public Library are calling on youth between the ages of 13 - 19 to use their creative voice to make a difference. 

Between May 18 and Aug. 14, submit an original work of writing, photography, illustration or music that expresses your feelings on a social issue that matters to you.  We’re looking for pieces that are not only well-crafted but have a strong voice and perspective on a subject pertaining to civic engagement. 

Four winners will be selected in the categories of Illustration, Writing, Music and Photography and will receive the following prizes:

● For Writing: Laptop

● For Photography: Canon EOS 4000D

● For Illustration: Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet

● For Music: Fender Electric Guitar 

Entries will be judged by representatives from Pepco.

Submissions will open May 18.

What Are the Rules?

  1. This contest is open to participants between the ages of 13 and 19.
  2. You can submit to multiple categories, but only one entry in each category per participant. You can also only possibly win in one category.
  3. Writing can be up to 1,500 words long and be in the format of a poem or short story.
  4. Photography entries may include 1 - 10 photos that make up a photo story. Photographs cannot be of copyrighted images. 
  5. Music should be submitted as an .mp3 and be 1 - 3 minutes in length.
  6. Your submission must be original work. 
Not sure where to start? Attend an online Know Your Power workshop and learn to make art, writing, music and photography on a subject you are passionate about. Be sure to follow @dclibraryteens and #knowyourpower on Instagram for prompts and challenges throughout the summer