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Black History Creative Expression Contest

2024 THEME
African Americans and the Arts

African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hip-hop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, we examine the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans.

Colorful Graffiti


The contest is open to any Jr. or Sr. High School student attending or living in the Tri-Town during the 2024 school year.

  • Entries can be of any medium but no larger than 11 x 14 in size.

  • Please indicate your name, school, age, and grade on the backside of your art.

  • All entries can be dropped off during regular library hours.

  • Entries will be displayed as they come in so get yours in early for increased exposure.

  • Deadline for submission is February 22 at 4:00 pm.

  • Winners will be announced and cash prizes distributed at the opening reception in the Mattapoisett Library Community Room on Saturday, February 24, at 2:00 PM.

Email with questions.


Photos by Maggie Howland

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." –Barack Obama

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