YMCA’s Youth Art Exhibition and Competition is a part of “Welcoming Week”, a nation-wide initiative by our partnering organization Welcoming America. This initiative brings together community members of all backgrounds to uphold the inclusivity of all people.
Art is everywhere and can be a prominent aspect of our lives. We wanted to give the opportunity for creative youth to submit artwork demonstrating their enjoyment and talent in the activity. The competition’s theme, “Welcoming and Belonging,” ties into “Welcoming Week” by promoting positivity and diversity in our community. We hope that this exhibition will display appreciation and kind regard to everyone in our community, no matter where they are from.
Art work will be displayed in the Blacksburg Library.
Media Techniques and Requirements:
Any of these media or techniques can be used:
Paint (watercolor, oil, acrylic…etc)
Drawings (pencil, colored pencil, pastels,…etc)
Three dimensional pieces (clay, origami, etc).
Elementary grades: Artwork must not be larger than 9X12 (construction paper size)
Middle/High School grades: No restrictions
All framed/canvas artwork needs to have a wire or string attached to the back.
Note: Due to limited space, artwork will be displayed according to availability.
Each contestant can submit only one artwork.
To enter please complete the form below which includes uploading a picture of your work.
All digital submissions will be displayed in the YMCA’s virtual art gallery.
To submit a photo of your artwork you can do the following:
-Scan the artwork, or
-Take a digital photo of your artwork. Save the scan or digital image as .jpg or .png using a filename that contains: [students last name]_[grade level].jpg. Example:Smith_9.jpg
-Upload the file
Drop off your artwork at the Blacksburg Library during their business hours on these days: September 8, from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., September 9 and 10, 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. You will be asked to write the title of your artwork, your name, and a parent’s email when you drop it off at the circulation desk.
The artwork will be on display starting September 15 till the end of October. We will notify you with the dates of the pick up.
Winners will be notified by September 17. Prizes will be given and announcements of the winners will be made during the Welcoming Festival event on September 18th from 1 to 4pm at Blacksburg Market Square.
All art work must be original, without the use of previously created materials. It must comply with the theme of Belonging. Anything that does not comply with these standards will risk disqualification.
When completing the form below please be sure to use the inner scroll bar to complete, upload a photo of your work and submit. Thanks