Urban Gateways Helps Commemorate “I Have a Dream” Anniversary Through Art Contest


THE DREAM@50 Art Contest commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech by inviting students from across the country to create artwork inspired by a word or phrase from The Dream Speech.

THE DREAM@50 Art Contest is for all K-12 students in ten U.S. cities: Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, and San Francisco/Bay Area. Any school or after-school program within the metropolitan area of the ten cities may become a participant.

Deadline for Chicago Submissions: January 18, 2013

TO PARTICIPATE in THE DREAM@50 Art Contest teachers must register in advance by emailing their name, phone number, school, and school address to info@karzproductions.com. For more details about the contest and how to enter, please visit The Dream@50 website.

A Grand Prize winner from each city will be honored in a special Capitol Hill awards ceremony and exhibit to take place in August 2013. Chicago finalists and semifinalists will also be in the running to win:

  • Up to $10,000 in art-supply gift cards for artists and their teachers,
  • Billboards and public-transportation PSAs featuring the winning artwork,
  • Exhibits of the semifinalist artwork throughout Chicago

The Dream@50 Art Contest is the result of a partnership with the United Nations and several national organizations, including Americans for the Arts, King Center, National Education Association, and YouTube. In Chicago, the contest is a partnership of Chicago Public Library, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP), and Urban Gateways.