Minneapolis artists ages 15-18 sought for environmental justice art contest

The Minneapolis Environmental Justice Arts Sindakitt (which means a group of individuals combined to promote some common interest) is an art contest aimed at encouraging youth to creatively express environmental justice and to provide a space to spotlight the talent of youth artists.

In keeping with its goal, the art contest is calling for entries with the theme “environmental justice” for a juried art competition in the month of May 2022.

2D artists living in the Green Zones ages 15 to 18 in the city of Minneapolis and regardless of their experience or education in the art field are encouraged to submit their best interpretation of the theme “environmental justice” by depicting climate change, water pollution, and air pollution, inadequate food and any related subject for inclusion the Green Zones 2022 art exhibition.

The artwork of the first-place winner will be displayed on a to-be-announced billboard location in the city of Minneapolis. The artwork of the second-place winner will be displayed on the cover of the first Minneapolis Green Zones Environmental Justice coloring book. The third-place winner’s artwork will be used as the design for the Green Zone member T-shirts. All submissions will be included in the first Minneapolis Green Zones Environmental Justice coloring book.

The deadline to enter is May 8, 2022. Winners will be announced at the Minneapolis Green Zones Summit on May 21 at the Convention Center.

According to the website, a Green Zone is a place-based policy initiative aimed at improving health and supporting economic development using environmentally conscious efforts in communities that face the cumulative effects of environmental pollution, as well as social, political, and economic vulnerability

In Minneapolis, Indigenous communities and communities of color experience unequal health, wealth, employment, and education outcomes and are overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, blight, and substandard housing.

For more info and to submit artwork, go to sites.google.com/view/mplsejartsindakitt/home