2021 Black History Month Art Contest

Make your mark this Black History Month by entering the annual New Orleans Public Library Black History Month Art Contest.

This year’s contest theme is NEW ORLEANS ACTIVISTS AND ACTIVISM
Celebrate historical activists like Ruby Bridges and Oretha Castle Haley, activism that took place in New Orleans, such as the 1963 March on City Hall, or an activist you know from your own life.

Visual art, original music, and original videos will all be accepted this year.
Winning entries will be displayed on the Library’s website.
You’re eligible to enter if you live in or go to school in Orleans Parish and are in grades K–12.

How to Submit
Due to Covid 19, all submissions must be made digitally. Patrons can make 45-minute In-Library Session to use library computers and Wi-Fi. Click here to learn more about In-Library Sessions.

• Participants may submit visual art by sending an image of their art to Only PDF and JPG files can be accepted. In the “Message” field, please write the participant’s name, grade, phone number or email, and the name of the school they attend.
» Artwork should be 8.5”x11”.
• Participants may submit video or musical submissions through the file sharing service WeTransfer. Click here to be directed to WeTransfer. Only MOV and MP4 files can be accepted. These projects may be individual or done in small groups of 2-3 students. To send a file directly to the library from WeTransfer, enter in the “Email to” field. In the “Message” field, please write the participant’s name, grade, phone number or email, and the name of the school they attend.
» Videos and musical pieces must be no longer than 5 minutes long.
» Videos and musical pieces must contain no explicit language or images.
» Videos and musical pieces must use original video/sound material, or video/sound material that is licensed for use under Creative Commons.
• One entry per participant. Participants must reside in or attend school in Orleans Parish.
• The entry must be received no later than Saturday, February 27, 2021 at midnight. Late entries will not be accepted.

Contest winners will have their submissions displayed digitally and will receive a free book.

By participating in this contest, the winners agree to let the New Orleans Public Library use their photographs, names, writeups, and or likenesses for promotion of the library without further compensation. All information gathered is for the use of the New Orleans Public Library in administering the contest and will not be shared except to publicize the winners. Winning entries may be printed or posted online by the Library. The author retains all permissions and copyright to the submitted work.

Resource Guide
Click here for our Black History Month 2021 Resource Guide for resources, information, and inspiration.