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About the First Annual Artsmith Design Contest

Welcome to the First Annual Artsmith T-Shirt Design Contest!

At Artsmith we believe in the transformative power of the arts. We use the arts to teach young people from the Bronx to express themselves and explore important topics while helping them build confidence, learn about teamwork and perseverance, and form social bonds. Art also connects people across communities, cultures, interests and other barriers.

We want you to be a part of Artsmith’s efforts to bring awareness to the benefits of the arts and arts in education.  Take part in the conversation with us by submitting your design and encouraging everyone you know to do the same!

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Contest Theme:

The theme of the contest is “Street Art”. Submitted designs should showcase why the arts are important for young people and communities while highlighting the artistic and urban influences that have shaped the Bronx and New York City and influenced culture worldwide.

Contest Details:

The contest is open to U.S. residents and runs from September 27, 2017 to November 22, 2017. Finalists and winners will be chosen in two categories – adult (18 and over by the end of the submission period) and youth (17 years old and under by the end of the submission period). Youth participants require parental/guardian permission.

Participants can submit their designs between September 27, 2017 and October 24, 2017. Our panel of judges (see below) will choose 5 finalists in each age group based on the following criteria:

  • level of creativity and originality
  • quality and execution
  • adherence to the Theme
  • representation of Artsmith’s mission and vision
  • overall impression

Finalists will be announced on November 8, 2017. The public will be able to vote for their favorite designs between November 9, 2017 and November 22, 2017.

Winners will be announced at Artsmith’s Art Party and Award Ceremony on December 16, 2017. Winners need not be present.

See the official contest rules and timeline for details.


Design Specs

Images should be:

  • 1 or 2 colors
  • No larger than 14″ wide x 17″ tall
  • Adhere to the theme
  • Represent Artsmith’s mission and vision
  • High resolution (300 dpi) JPEG or PNG
  • Original artwork
Public Voting

The judges will choose 10 finalists (5 adult and 5 youth entries) which will be announced on November 8, 2017. For 2 weeks from 11/9-11/22/2017, the public will be able to vote once per day on each of our social media platforms for their favorite adult and minor entries.


The top three adult and youth finalists will receive prizes from CAT Footwear, From the Bronx, and more. See the contest rules for details.


The First Annual Artsmith Design Contest is brought to you by:

Meet the Judges

Anthony Ramirez II

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mainland Media
Anthony wants to prove to the world that The Bronx is as rich with culture and ...

Diego Leon

Founder, Dandy In The Bronx
When Diego was a preschool teacher, he would dress well everyday so his ...

Flora Montes

Founder, Bronx Fashion Week
Visionary Flora Montes is a proud Latina from the South Bronx whose entrepren...

Hoay Smith

Art Director, Bronx Narratives
Hoay is a lifelong resident of the Bronx. He attended elementary school in ...

Jérôme LaMaar

Fashion Designer; Owner, 9J
Born and raised in the Bronx, Jérôme LaMaar has a profound love for art and ...

Lisa Sorin

Executive Director, Westchester Square BID
Lisa Sorin is the Executive Director of Westchester Square Business Improvem...

Uriah Johnson

Deputy Director, Westchester Square BID
Uriah is the Deputy Director of the Westchester Square Business Improvement ...

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