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2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month teen art contest.

AAPI History Month — Teen Art Contest

Japanese lantern on the Potomac River Tidal Basin during spring cherry blossom season, Washington, D.C. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.FCPL invites you to enter your best artwork in our 2021 AAPI Heritage Month teen art contest

Who Can Enter?

FCPL invites teens in grades 6–12 who are Fairfax County residents to enter their best artwork in our 2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month teen art contest.

Official Entry Form

An official contest entry form along with original artwork must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021.

What to Submit

Your artwork should depict important people, significant places, or meaningful moments in Asian-American and Pacific Islander history and/or culture. Be creative, have fun, and make an impact with your art!

Winners Will Be Announced

A first, second, and third-place winner will be announced. Gift certificates of $40, $30, & $20 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners respectively. All artwork will be available for viewing on our virtual gallery.

Winners will be judged by Fairfax County Public Library staff and volunteers.

 View the entries here!

Judging Criteria

  • The art will be judged with the following criteria in mind:
    1. the artwork’s ability to reflect a subject of significance related to an Asian American Pacific Islander history and/or culture;
    2. the creativity of the artwork;
    3. overall design and impression of the art.
  • Submitted artwork can include paintings, drawings, collages, digital art, 3D art, and original photographs incorporated into a larger piece of art.
  • One entry per person.

Specific Guidelines for the Teen Art Contest

  • Artwork must be original, done solely by entrant with no help.
  • The contest begins on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
  • Original artwork along with official contest entry form must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monay, May 31, 2021.
  • Digital submissions should be submitted to Fairfax County Public Library’s virtual gallery.
  • Artwork must include fully completed official artist entry form; no entry fee required.
  • All art should depict important people, significant places, or meaningful moments in Asian-American and Pacific Islander history and/or culture. 
  • The art will be judged with the following criteria in mind:
    1. the artwork’s ability to reflect a subject of significance related to an Asian American Pacific Islander history and/or culture;
    2. the creativity of the artwork;
    3. overall design and impression of the art.
  • Submitted artwork can include paintings, drawings, collages, digital art, 3D art, and original photographs incorporated into a larger piece of art.
  • One entry per person; multiple entries will not be accepted.
  • Original artwork along with official contest entry form must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monday, May 31, 2021. Artwork must be accompanied by fully completed official artist entry form to be accepted. No entry fee is required.
  • All submissions will appear in a virtual gallery hosted by FCPL’s Biblioboard for public viewing.
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