Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest

The First Amendment has been the cornerstone of freedom in the United States for over 200 years, so ADL and Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in partnership with NIE Chicago Tribune are proud to offer Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest for grades 6 – 11.

Full Description

First Place winners will receive $5,000 while second place winners will receive $1,000 which can be used for educational expenses.

As a part of the contest, teachers are invited to use ADL’s completely free curriculum guides on the First Amendment.

The teacher with the most entries will receive $1,000.

Who's eligible?

The work of art that students submit should best addresses the following assignment: “Using a personal example or experience, describe or portray how one or more of the five freedoms in the First Amendment affects your daily life.”

Eligible students are those from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

How to Apply

So as to apply for this scholarship, the applicant are required to upload his/her art or essay work.

Applicants must submit an original, unpublished work of art and a good thing to know is that the illustration and photograph submissions should not exceed 18” x 24”.

Additionally, the must submit along with their artwork a one-paragraph explanation of what their artwork represents.

However, it is important to mention that the entrant’s name, school, or city should not appear anywhere in the paragraph.

Art submissions may be in one or more of the following media: painting, drawing, collage, print, and photography.

The scholarship committee sugest that illustrations and photographs are mounted on poster board.

The application form must include the student’s name, phone number, and email address,  teacher’s name, the name and address of entrant’s current school and grade, the name of the school and grade level entrant will be entering in the next fall.

Plus, teachers may submit entries for students as each student essay or artwork must include a completed entry form attached to the front.

There is an entry form available on the Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest provider’s website and it has to be filled out and submitted with the work of art attached.

Entries can be sent via snail mail to ADL Midwest with an ADL contest form attached or submitted online using the form found on the official website.

Make sure you submit the work of art by the deadline on September 28th, as late applications will not be taken into consideration.

Winners will be announced by November.

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