COVID 19 - The Art Contest Application
Please fill out each question and provide a brief description of your submission.
Submission Information
The impact of COVID-19 continues to broadly affect every aspect of life around the world. Artists can best communicate, express and decipher complicated and challenging times. Where and how we live, eat, work, communicate, reflect, stay informed, vote, stay healthy, provide for ourselves and our family, stay sane and balanced and resilient are daily, even hourly concerns. We are experiencing this together, but every experience is not the same.

Our goal with this contest is to ensure all artists are seen and heard. The ACCD board recognizes that racism is a public health crisis. We also recognize that COVID-19 has greater impact on people of color, minorities, low-income individuals and families who lack access to technology, and the disabled. We encourage submissions from these communities.

Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible to apply to this contest if you fulfill the following requirements:

• You are an artist working in any discipline and you are aged 18 or older;
• You live, work or have worked in Amherst, and/or your creative work has been exhibited or performed in Amherst; and
• You certify that the virus has impacted the income you expected from your creative work this year.

The Entries

Your artistic entry can be in any medium as long as it conveys your response to COVID-19. We highly encourage artists who identify as people of color, LGBTQIA+, disabled or from a minority or underrepresented demographic to apply.

The work must be able to be viewed or heard online for a virtual exhibition or performance in the fall. At an appropriate point, the ACCD hopes to exhibit or have the work performed “live.” Only one entry is allowed per artist. There is NO entry fee.
Please reach out if you need help applying.

The work could be any 2-dimensional art, photography, sculpture or art installation, musical performance, poetry, essay or other writing, or other creative response to the pandemic.

5 Categories:

● 2-dimensional art (painting, photography, chalk art, etc.)
● Sculpture or art installation
● Musical or dance performance
● Poetry or written word
● Other

Important Dates

June 22 Announcement of ACCD COVID-19 Contest
July 15: Deadline for Artist Application Form
Aug. 22: Deadline for Submission of work
Sept. 7: Announcement of Winners
Sept. 15: Announcement of Online Exhibition

The Awards

Grand Prize - $375
First Prizes in 5 categories - $250 each
Second Prize in 5 categories - $175 each
Third Prize in 5 categories - $100 each
Honorable Mentions 20 - $50 gift certificates

Email Address:
I identify as:
Have you been financially effected by COVID-19 pandemic ?
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Have you lived in Amherst?
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Have you worked in Amherst?
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Where and when did you work in Amherst?
Has your art been exhibited or performed in Amherst?
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Where/When was your art exhibited/performed?
Title of Entry:
Medium poetry
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2 Dimensional Art - Please Describe
Art Installation or Sculpture - Please Describe
Musical or Dance Performance - Please Describe (submission must be under 10 minutes in length)
Poetry or Written Work - Please Describe (submission must be under 1,000 words)
Other - Please describe
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