High School Poetry Slam & Art Competition


 

Are you a high school student who loves to create art or write poetry/spoken word? Do you like to use your creative voice to make a difference and bring awareness to important issues? If so, please consider submitting a piece of art or poetry/spoken word for our competition that will be a part of the Human Trafficking & Social Justice High School Workshop!

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Parameters

  • Poetry:

    • No longer than 5 minutes

    • No inappropriate language

  • Art:

    • No bigger than 30”x36” (length x height)

    • 2D artwork is preferred

    • Can use various mediums: photography, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, ink, chalk, collage, mixed media, etc.


Topics

The art or poetry/spoken word must answer one of the following questions related to labor or sex trafficking:
(CLICK HERE for in-depth answers to these questions)

  • What is human trafficking?

  • Who are the victims?

  • Who are the traffickers and buyers?

  • Why does it happen?

  • How are vulnerable people/victims recruited?

  • Where are victims recruited?

  • Where are places victims are sold?

  • What are the warning signs?

  • Where can victims go to get help/Where can you go to get help?

  • How can you reduce the risk of trafficking/How can you be safe?

  • How can you be an upstander (a bystander who steps up to do something)?

*Please make sure that you have done your research so your art or poetry/spoken word accurately reflects this topic.


How to Submit

Poetry:

  1. Type out your completed poem/spoken word piece

  2. Email the document to utpoetryslam@gmail.com

  3. You must submit the email no later than Friday, August 16th at 5 pm to be considered in the competition.

The Poetry Slam Committee will review each piece of poetry/spoken word and will let each artist know if their piece was selected.

Art:

  1. Take a picture of your completed artwork

  2. Email the picture along with a description of the artwork, the size of the piece, and the medium used to utartcompetition@gmail.com

  3. You must submit the email no later than Friday, August 30th at 5 pm to be considered in the competition.

The Art Competition Committee will review each piece of art and will let each artist know if their piece was selected.


Recognitions, Awards & Grand Prizes

  • Poetry:

    • Each piece of poetry selected by the Poetry Slam Committee will be showcased at the High School Poetry Slam on Friday, August 23rd @ 7 pm at Brew Coffee (1440 Secor Road).

    • Winning finalists will be chosen at the Poetry Slam and will be showcased at the High School Human Trafficking & Social Justice Workshop on September 18th at The University of Toledo.

    • The Grand Prize winner will receive $300.

  • Art:

    • Each piece of art selected by the Art Competition Committee will be displayed and recognized at the High School Art Competition on Friday, September 6th @ 6 pm at The University of Toledo’s Center for Visual Arts (620 Grove Place).

    • Winning finalists will be chosen at the Art Competition to be displayed at the High School Human Trafficking & Social Justice Workshop on September 18th at The University of Toledo. These pieces will also be displayed at the Center for Visual Arts for two weeks in September.

    • The Grand Prize winner will receive $300


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