This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment, propelling youth voices in democracy by lowering the voting age to 18 nationwide. The Common Cause Student Action Alliance is celebrating this anniversary and encouraging young people to engage in local elections and voting rights advocacy with “My Voice, My Art, Our Cause”, an artivism contest uplifting youth voices and their perspectives on democracy issues through their creativity. There will be first, second, and third place winners for each age category and each will win a cash prize.

What Is Artivism?

Artivism is a global phenomenon that bridges the creative power of art with the strategic design of activism to bring forth social transformation. Artivism takes art beyond museums and galleries and activism beyond demonstrations and state houses, providing a level of adaptability and access that thrives in our contemporary society. Our goal is to uplift youth voices and perspectives on democracy issues through their creativity.

Contest Categories

All art submissions should focus on one of the following democracy issue areas or themes:

  • Access to Voting
  • Media Reform
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Fair and Equitable Courts
  • Fighting Against Gerrymandering
  • Free Speech and Freedom to Protest
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • 50th Anniversary of Common Cause
  • 50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment (Voting Age)

Rules

Common Cause is accepting entries from artists ages 14-28 nation-wide. All submissions are due on September 30, 2021 and voting will take place October 1-November 2, 2021. Winners will be announced the week following Election Day. Submissions can be created using any materials but a high quality .JPG or .PNG image (300dpi) of the artwork must be uploaded to the application. Participants under 18 will be required to submit a minor consent form.

The work must be original. No artwork needs to be shipped as the contest is online. You must be the creator of the art and image file you submit to the competition. Your art must be your own original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material. (If your image infringes upon another’s copyright it will be disqualified.) Upon submitting your work, to this competition, you are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials.

You are limited to one entry per person and only the first entry will be considered. You must be a resident of the United State of America.

*Legal: Art is to be the original work of the entrant. Submitted artwork should not include branding of any organization or company. The design and design rights of contest winners will become the property of Common Cause for two years and will be adapted for t-shirts, pins, programs and/or print and media. Artists will receive artist credit for their design. During the two years artists may include their work in their professional portfolio. The rights will revert back to the artist after the two year period.

Contestants will be divided into three age groups: 14-17, 18-23, and 24-28. Contest winners’ artwork will be featured in the Common Cause shop on select apparel and swag items for purchase nationwide. In addition to the featured items and exposure, winners will also receive cash prizes and select shop items as follows:

1st Place: $1500 cash prize and customized swag items featuring your artwork (value $100)
2nd Place: $800 cash prize and customized swag items featuring your artwork (value $75)
3rd Place: $600 cash prize and customized swag items featuring your artwork (value $50)

How To Enter

You can get started right now by filling out the form below: