The Dream @ 50 Art Contest

Students–this art contest is very prestigious, and has lots of prize money connected to it. Please see Mr. Souvorin if you have an idea for a project that you’d like to do for this contest.

ANNOUNCING THE DREAM@50 Art Contest to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in national partnership with Americans for the Arts, National Education Association, National Art Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the United Nations, and YouTube.

K-12 students in ten cities are invited to submit artwork inspired by a word or phrase from Dr. King’s Dream Speech. Please see the attached summary flyer for details and go to,

• $10,000 in award prizes for the winning students and their teachers
• $282,000 in bus advertisements and billboards donated by MARTA and CBS Outdoor to promote the winning artwork
• Award ceremony hosted by Morehouse College on January 20, 2013 and featuring a celebrity reading of The Dream Speech
• All semifinalist exhibit at the High Museum of Art, February 19—March 21, 2013

The Dream@50 Art Contest aims to clarify the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for students today, encourage creativity and collaboration in the classroom, and inspire participants to better both themselves and the world.

Partial List

Ian Alteveer, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Carlos Basualdo, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, Columbia University

Mark Bradford, Artist

Betsy Carpenter, Curator, Walker Art Center

Gary Garrels, Curator, San Francisco Museum of Art

Jenny Holzer, Artist

Collette Hopkins, National Black Arts Festival

Glenn Ligon, Artist

Donna Lowry, Reporter, WXIA-TV

Kerry James Marshall, Artist

Faith Ringgold, Artist

Michael Rooks, Curator, High Museum of Art

Lee Rosenbaum, CultureGrrl Arts Journal

Edward Saywell, Chair of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Franklin Sirmans, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA

Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer-prize winning arts critic, Boston Globe

Roberta Smith, Chief Art Critic, New York Times

Mark Stryker, Art Critic, Detroit Free Press

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