Calling Young Artists and Writers
Ages 10-24

FFLIC is launching our new coloring and activity book: "Let Kids Be Kids: A Story of Challenging Youth Incarceration in Louisiana.

FFLIC is launching our new coloring and activity book: “Let Kids Be Kids: A Story of Challenging Youth Incarceration in Louisiana.

As part of the launch we want to uplift the visual and performance art and non-fiction writing (such as true stories, poetry, and essays) of our young people in Louisiana! We will use the submissions as part of our advocacy efforts to end youth incarceration while offering youth a chance to win a prize.

FFLIC is launching our new coloring and activity book: "Let Kids Be Kids: A Story of Challenging Youth Incarceration in Louisiana.

Eligibility

You can submit your work to FFLIC for a chance to win a prize if you:

  •  are between the ages of 10 and 24
  •  are a Louisiana resident
  •  complete the registration (link here).

How to Participate/Guidelines for All Submissions

  • Register to participate.
  • Download our “Let Kids Be Kids” Coloring Book so you have a sense of what we are looking for. The Coloring book is on our website and a pdf copy is FREE for any eligible youth participant who is submitting. You will receive instructions to download the coloring for free when you register. ( web instructions will need to be clear if there is a discount code or something)
  • Review (and if applicable tear out) pages 23 and/or 25 of the Coloring Book to complete or use your own materials (see details below). Be creative in your own way in your unique voice (art, writing, song, spoken word etc)! Please be sure to reflect on the questions on those pages:
    • Do you have a story you would like to share of harsh or unfair discipline practices or policies at school? What do you think should change?
    • What is your vision of what kids need, how we should spend money on them, or how we can better support them.
  • Each youth can submit only one entry in each category (art, writing, or performance) for a total of three submissions).
  • Include your full name, age, and contact information, such as phone and email directly on your submission/s. The registration form will also ask for this information and additional information.
  • Please take into consideration your submission will NOT be returned so please make copies and/or take photographs of your work before sending.
  • FFLIC is a diverse and inclusive community. We expressly invite submissions from Louisiana’s Black, Indigenous, and youth of color. We believe in centering the experiences of Louisiana’s most vulnerable youth, including Black youth at its intersections—Indigenous Black youth, Afro-Latine youth, LGBTQ youth, womxn, disabled youth, and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth.
  • Send your submission. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 P.M., FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021. Email the submissions to [email protected] or mail or deliver (during normal business hours) your submissions to our office at:  1307 ORETHA C. HALEY BLVD.  #304, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70113

Additional Specific Guidelines

  • Writing should be no more than 800 words. The submissions can be typed and sent electronically.
  • Artwork can be on your own paper/canvas/materials and you can use whatever medium you prefer (pencil, acrylic, oil, sculpture, photograph, etc) but no larger than 12×24.
  • Performances must be on a high-resolution video with good sound quality and be no longer than four minutes. A link to the video is preferred, but video files can also be emailed.

Judging and Prizes

Youth from FFLIC’s Black Girls Rising and Ujima Projects will judge the art and writing in three age categories: 10-14, 15-19, and 20-24. One winner from each age category will receive the following: $50 visa gift card, a LUSH bodycare product gift bag, Let Kids Be Kids t-shirt, FFLIC mask, one-year FFLIC Membership, and inclusion in our Media Campaign. Winners will be announced before the end of May.

How FFLIC Plans to Use the Art and Writing

We are truly grateful for the artistic expressions of our youth and will do our best to ensure that youth receive credit for your work. We will use the submissions as part of our advocacy efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline. We plan to exhibit the art at the statehouse at FFLIC’s Day at the Capitol on May 13, 2021 and will send all participants information about the event so that they can attend at their own discretion.

Other important information

By submitting your work you (and/or when applicable, your parent/guardian) grant FFLIC the right to edit, use, and reuse the materials; agree that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation; and release FFLIC of all claims, demands, and liabilities whatsoever in connection with the use of the materials.

 

Please use this space to tell us what you would like us to know about you, the type of work you are submitting, and why you chose to do your work in that format. This statement may be edited/shortened in the future to use as your art label. 250 word max