Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to Sunday, June 20th by 11:59 p.m.

Voices of Freedom is an art contest for First Bricks students. The focus of Voices of Freedom is to shine a light on conflict and its impact on young people. This provides a safe space where young people can start discussions, freely express themselves about what they experienced.

Voices of Freedom provides a place for young refugees to reflect on and share their experiences. The deadline for this art contest is 11:59 p.m. on June 20th, 2021. This is World Refugee Day, a day designated to honor refugees and raise awareness about their plight in efforts to protect their human rights.

Contest Requirements

Each participant is required to submit one (1) piece of artwork and a supplemental writing piece (500 words/3,000 characters max.). Please include which topic your artwork focuses on, why you chose that topic, and emotions and experiences that are connected to the piece.

Judging Guidelines

Every submission will go through a pre-selection process done by headteachers. The chosen submissions will then move on to be scored by our panel of expert judges against a 5-point scoring system. Headteachers of the First Bricks’ classrooms will do a “pre-selection” of up to 20% of the overall class submission total. Therefore, if there are 15 submissions in a class of 30, 3 of the best submissions will be selected to move on to the next and final round of judging that will done by our hand-selected panel of expert jurors. Each participating headteacher is required to submit a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 artworks. Our panel of expert jurors will score these pre-selected submissions against a 5-point scale.
The winners of Voices of Freedom are scheduled to be announced on June 30th, 2021.
Submissions are open to ALL FIRST BRICKS STUDENTS (regardless of their age, gender, location, education, sexual orientation, race, etc.). ​*No art education necessary.

Below are the categories/topics you can focus on:

  • Hiding from unlawful persecution
  • Journey to freedom
  • Something of sentimental value you carried with you to freedom OR something of sentimental value you had to leave behind that you did not want to
  • Arrival to freedom
  • Life Now
How to upload your art: Take a picture of your submission piece, save it as a “JPG” or “PNG” and submit it along with your supplemental writing piece.

Contest Winner Prizes:

  • First Price:$300
  • Second Price:$200
  • Third Price:$100
  • Five Mentions:$50