Know Your Power
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, the DC Public Library Foundation 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? We are calling on youth between the ages of 13 - 19 to use their creative voice to make a difference.
Between May 25 and Aug. 10, 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. View the winners of the first annual Know Your Power Teen Art Contest.
Four winners will be selected in the categories of Illustration, Writing, Music, and Photography. Entries will be judged by representatives from Pepco.
- Prize for Writing: Laptop
- Prize for Photography: Canon EOS 4000D
- Prize for Illustration: Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet
- Prize for Music: Fender Electric Guitar
All winners will have their work published on the library's website.
All who submit to the contest are invited to a showcase event on Saturday, Sept. 25 to show off their work and meet other teens who create. Winners will be announced at the event. (If your work is selected and you are unable to attend the showcase, you will be notified and arrangements will be made for you to receive your prizes.) More details will be made available closer to the date of the Showcase.
Submissions will open on May 25.
- This contest is open to participants between the ages of 13 and 19.
- You can submit to multiple categories, but only one entry in each category per participant. You can also only possibly win in one category.
- Writing can be up to 1,500 words long and be in the format of a poem or short story.
- Photography entries may include 1 - 10 photos that make up a photo story. Photographs cannot be of copyrighted images.
- Music should be submitted as an .mp3 and be 1 - 3 minutes in length.
- Your submission must be original work.
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