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Creative Native Rules and Guidelines 2021
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Creative Native Contest Rules & Guidelines  

By submitting an entry to the 2021 Creative Native Call for Art, the artist accepts the following Contest Rules & Guidelines. If artist is under the age of 18, artist’s parent/guardian/ or legal representative must also agree to these Contest Rules and Guidelines.



  1. The 2021 Creative Native Call for Art is sponsored by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute, with support from the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center (RISE), a department of the University of Michigan.  

  1. The contest is open to artists who:
  1. Self-identify as Indigenous;
  1. Will be between the ages of 5 and 24 years old by November 11, 2021; and
  1. Currently reside in the United States.  

  1. CNAY is looking for art submissions to respond to and be inspired by the prompt:  futurism. 


 This year’s theme focuses on your dreams for the future. What are your hopes for the future? What is the future of your culture, your people, your community, and yourself? 

  1. Artists must electronically submit a high-resolution photo of their art submission using the 2021 Creative Native Call for Art Contest Entry Form.    

  1. Each artist may submit one art work/piece for the contest.  

  1. Artists can submit up to three (3) images for each contest entry to show different angles of the piece.  

  1. Artwork must be artist’s own, original work and not a duplicate of any work found in books, magazines or other published works, including the internet. Non-original computer generated images and traced images will not be judged. If any element of a submitted artwork infringes on the rights of another person, the entry will be disqualified.  

  1. Examples of art submissions include, but are not limited to, images of artwork in the following mediums: painting, drawing, pottery, photography, sculpture, and traditional works such as beadwork, jewelry, regalia, silversmithing, carving, etc.  

  1. Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM Eastern Time on November 11, 2021.

  1. All submissions will be counted as Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Challenge activity.

  1. By submitting artwork to the contest, the artist and/or artist’s parent, guardian, or legal representative agrees that the Aspen Institute will possess the right to display, reproduce or use submitted artwork at any time in the future in any media, including online, without the prior approval of, or compensation of the artist or the artist’s parent, guardian or legal representative. Formally, this means that artist grants to the Aspen Institute a license to use, copy, change, publish, publicly perform, distribute, or exhibit the artist’s artwork. This license is perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, and non-exclusive (with the right to sublicense).  The Aspen Institute will possess the right to sub-license these rights to the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center (RISE), a department of the University of Michigan.  All published artwork will be credited with a copyright notice in the following form: “© Artist’s Name”.



  1. Judges will select one winner from each of the following age categories: 5-9; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24 and one grand prize winner.
  2. Judges will use the following criteria in selection of winners:


  1. Judges come from a variety of tribes and ethnicities and have a passion for Indigenous art.
  2. Judging will be done blindly.
  3. The winner will be notified in November 2021.

Guardian Consent 

  1. Artists under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or legal representative provide their electronic signature on the 2021 Creative Native Call for Art Contest Entry Form to indicate agreement with these Contest Rules and Guidelines.

The Prizes 

  1. The winner from each age category will be awarded $500.00.  
  1. The grand prize winner will be selected from the 15-19 & 20-24 age categories and will be awarded $1,000.00 and receive a social media feature.
  2. All qualifying entries will be displayed in the Creative Native virtual gallery on