The ArtEffect Project

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Discover extraordinary individuals who changed history yet were never recognized.
Create an artistic interpretation that honors the legacy of your Unsung Hero.
Change the world for the better by inspiring positive social action through your project.

  • Competition Overview

    The ArtEffect Project, with cash prizes totaling $20,000, teaches students their power to effect positive change through creative storytelling that celebrates Unsung Heroes from history. LMC invites U.S. and international middle and high school students to submit high-quality creative art projects in the following mediums: visual arts, narrative film, theater, and creative nonfiction. While LMC’s Discovery Award competition rewards in-depth research to uncover a new Unsung Hero, The ArtEffect Project emphasizes the creative interpretation of an LMC Unsung Hero’s story in a unique and compelling way. Students are encouraged to showcase their completed projects beyond the classroom walls in order to create positive community impact and inspire social action.

    Winning projects may be chosen for display in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas.

  • Prizes

    Grand Prize –  $5,000

    Visual Arts

    • Best in Show – $2,000
    • Second Place – $1,000

    Narrative Film 

    • Best in Show – $2,000
    • Second Place – $1,000

    Theater 

    • Best in Show – $2,000
    • Second Place – $1,000

    Creative Nonfiction 

    • Best in Show – $2,000
    • Second Place – $1,000

    Junior Division

    • Grand Prize – $2,000
    • Second Place – $1,000

    In addition to monetary prizes, the winning projects will receive full consideration for display in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas.

  • Unsung Heroes

    LMC seeks high-quality art projects that celebrate extraordinary individuals who positively impacted the lives of others yet never received recognition for their actions. Students must create a project on an approved Unsung Hero.

    Choose your Unsung Hero

  • Project Mediums

    Visual Arts

    There is no size limit and the following media are acceptable:

    • Dry media 2-D: drawing, photography, charcoal, graphite, pastels
    • Wet media 2-D: painting, watercolor, acrylic, oil, printmaking
    • Digital/mixed media: photography, textiles, paper collage, graphic design
    • 3-D media: sculpture, ceramic

     No later than February 15, 2018, visual arts entrants must submit the following materials:

    1. A complete Application Form.
    2. An Impact Paper (see below).
    3. High resolution jpeg photos (3 max) of the art work. 5MB limit.

    Narrative Film

    An original narrative short film of 12 minutes or less that creatively interprets the story of an Unsung Hero.

    No later than February 15, 2018, entrants must submit the following materials:

    1. A complete Application Form.
    2. An Impact Paper (see below).
    3. A Vimeo or YouTube link (unlisted or password protected) of the film.

    Theater

    An original theatrical production of 12 minutes or less that creatively interprets the story of an Unsung Hero.

    No later than February 15, 2018, entrants must submit the following materials:

    1. A complete Application Form.
    2. An Impact Paper (see below).
    3. A Vimeo or YouTube link (unlisted or password protected) of the play filmed in one continuous, unedited shot. Please use a tripod and microphone to ensure a steady frame and adequate volume.

    Creative Nonfiction

    A children’s book, young adult novel, or short story (minimum of 15 pages) that creatively interprets the story of an Unsung Hero.

    No later than February 15, 2018, entrants must submit the following materials:

    1. A complete Application Form.
    2. An Impact Paper (see below).
    3. A PDF of the creative nonfiction piece.

  • Impact Paper

    All entrants in any medium must submit an Impact Paper (minimum of 500 words to a maximum of 1,000 words) that addresses the following prompts:

    • What do you find inspirational about the Unsung Hero and why?
    • What is your vision behind your creative interpretation?
    • How did you share your project with your community? Please include photos and links as relevant to illustrate the reach of your project.
  • Judging

    LMC seeks creative and unique visual representations honoring the legacies of Unsung Heroes who have created positive change in history by improving the lives of others. In addition to LMC’s executive leadership, the art competition’s judging panel is comprised of prestigious experts in the fields of art history, design, museum education, filmmaking, and theater.

    The following factors will be used to evaluate projects and determine final scores:

    Creative Interpretation of the Unsung Hero’s Story

    Finished work demonstrates thoughtful, self-directed and independent ideas that are personally relevant in exploring visually how the Unsung Hero created positive change in history by improving the lives of others through their actions.

    Project Quality

    The student’s mastery of the subject is apparent in the concept, composition and execution of the work, and reveals a sense of quality, attention to detail and time spent on the work. The final product demonstrates an understanding of and expertise in the medium being used and its capabilities.

    Project Impact

    The project’s design and execution demonstrates an intent to share the Unsung Hero’s story widely in order to raise awareness and create positive community impact. The student has documented the reach of his/her project in a clear and compelling manner.

  • Rules & Eligibility

    The ArtEffect Project is open to U.S. and international middle and high school students. Both individual and group projects are eligible. Projects must be entirely student-produced. Students are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and mediums (for example, an illustrated children’s book, or a theater production that involves music students).

  • Important Deadlines

    September 1, 2017

    Call for submissions opens.

     

    February 15, 2018

    Call for submissions closes. By this date, entrants must submit all required materials HERE (link coming soon).

    March 15, 2018

    Finalists announced.

    Note: Winners will be notified directly and public notification will take place no later than April 15, 2018.
  • For Visual Arts Educators: 10 Step Art Project Lesson Plan

    Make heroes of your students! Unsung Heroes art projects integrate positive role models from history into an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive classroom environment. LMC’s art project lesson plan fulfills multiple parts of the National Art Standards, which are color coded in the lesson plan for easy reference. The lesson plan be scaled up or down according to your class’ interests and needs.

    Get the Art Lesson Plan

Questions? Contact us at artcompetition@lowellmilkencenter.org.  

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