The Art & Poetry Challenge – the living, breathing proof of the power of the arts – is an annual challenge hosted by the Racial Unity Team. First-, second-, and third-place cash prizes will be awarded to winners in elementary, middle school, high school and adult categories in both art and poetry. Every New Hampshire resident is invited to submit an original poem or visual work of art inspired by this year’s theme: “A hidden past >>> an inclusive future.” Children and adults are encouraged to find a story that is rarely told and express how it helps us move toward a more inclusive future.
The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2023, and winners will be announced in June. Submissions will be exhibited across New Hampshire in local libraries, art galleries, and on the Racial Unity Team website. For challenge rules and resources visit: racialunityteam.com/art-and-poetry-challenge.
Teachers are urged to review the available resources on finding a hidden story and to encourage their students to participate. This challenge is made possible by Kennebunk Savings, Cambridge Trust, and M&T Bank. For further information, please call 603-263-6511.