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The Dream at 50

10 Featured Cities



Cinque Hicks, Editor-in-Chief, Art Papers

Collette Hopkins, National Black Arts Festival

Donna Lowry, Reporter, WXIA-TV

Della Patteson, Curator, Coca Cola Company

Faith Ringgold, Artist

Michael Rooks, Curator, High Museum of Art

Kevin Sipp, Artist, Writer, Curator

Awards Ceremony

January 19, 2013: Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College



Callie Crossley, Host/Moderator, Boston Public Radio, WGBH

Barry Gaither, Director, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Jenny Holzer, Artist

Edward Saywell, Chair of Contemporary Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer-prize winning arts critic, Boston Globe

Awards Ceremony

March 23, 2013: Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design



Charles Bethea, Chief Curator, DuSable Museum of African American History

Paula Crown, Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Michael Darling, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Kerry James Marshall, Artist

Dr. Walter Massey, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

James Rondeau, Curator, Art Institute of Chicago

Awards Ceremony

February 2013



Graham W. J. Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts

Katie McGowan, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Juanita Moore, President and CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum

Mark Stryker, Art Critic, Detroit Free Press

Aaron Timlin, Director, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit

Awards Ceremony

February 2013



Mark Bradford, Artist

Vida Brown, Curator, California African American Museum

Christopher Knight, Chief Art Critic, Los Angeles Times

Steven D. Lavine, President, California Institute of the Arts

Gayle Garner Roski, Artist and Arts Advocate

Franklin Sirmans, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA

Awards Ceremony

January 21, 2013: California African American Museum



Fredric Koeppel, Art Critic

Marina Pacini, Chief Curator, Brooks Museum of Art

Mearl Purvis, Anchor, Fox13 News

Beverly Robertson, President, National Civil Rights Museum

Cathy Wilson, Director of Art Education Programs, Memphis College of Art

Awards Ceremony

February 2013



Mary Abbe, Art Critic, Star Tribune

Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Betsy Carpenter, Curator, Walker Art Center

Kerry Morgan, Director, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery

Diane Mullin, Curator, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

Ann Ledy, President, College of Visual Arts

Awards Ceremony

February 19, 2013: Minneapolis Convention Center



Ian Alteveer, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, Columbia University

Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1

Glenn Ligon, Artist

Soledad O'Brien, Anchor, Starting Point, CNN

Lee Rosenbaum, CultureGrrl Arts Journal

Roberta Smith, Chief Art Critic, New York Times

Awards Ceremony

January 26, 2013: Metropolitan Museum of Art



Carlos Basualdo, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sean Buffington, President, University of the Arts

Renee Chenault, Co-Anchor, NBC10 News

Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President, Moore College of Art & Design

Jo-Anna Moore, Art Education Area Head, Temple University

William Valerio, Director, Woodmere Art Museum

Awards Ceremony

February 20, 2013: Philadelphia Museum of Art



Cathy Bowman, Contributor, San Francisco Examiner

Lovisa Brown, Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora

Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Arts Commission

Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO, Oakland Museum of California

Gary Garrels, Senior Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Awards Ceremony

January 21, 2013: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

About The Contest

Left to right: Felix T. and Chaz W., G.I.V.E Center East High; Kemoria S., White Elementary; Madison D., Lassiter High

THE DREAM@50 Art Contest is for all K-12 students in ten U.S. cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, and San Francisco/Bay Area.

Students are invited to create artwork inspired by a word or phrase from The Dream Speech, with the artwork titled accordingly. Each participating school or after-school program selects a winner and two runner-ups, and the winner is then submitted on-line for the selection of the semifinalists. All submissions must be made through a designated representative of the participating school or after-school program. Any school or after-school program within the metropolitan area of the ten cities may become a participant simply by emailing the institution name and contact information (including name, address, and phone number) to info@karzproductions.com.

A jury of distinguished judges will select from the semifinalists one winner and two runner-ups in each of the three school categories (Elementary, Middle, and High) and one over-all Grand Prize winner, for a total of ten winners. The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony hosted by each of the cities in January/February 2013. Gift card prizes will be presented to the winners as well as to their teachers (for use in the classroom).

The Grand Prize winner from each of the ten cities will be honored in a special Capitol Hill awards ceremony and exhibit to take place in August 2013.

The aim of The Dream@50 Art Contest is to clarify the relevance of history for our young people, to demonstrate the vital importance of the arts in education and daily life, and to build stronger communities based on mutual understanding and respect.


Qualifying Round

Each participating school and after-school program will select a first-place winner and two runner-ups for their category: Elementary, Middle, or High School. The first-place winners and runner-ups will each receive a Certificate of Excellence signed by their local schools superintendent. The first-place winners are then submitted on-line by a designated administrator or teacher to the county-wide semi-final round. The deadline is November 16, 2012.

Semi-Final Round

Each school district will be required to select their semifinalists from the total number of their school winners, with recommendations made by the curator. The number of semifinalists per district will be determined by the proportion of the district's school winners among the total number of city-wide school winners, in order to limit the total number of semifinalists per city to 100. The deadline for the semifinalist selections is December 3, 2012.

All art teachers are encouraged to email photographs of their school runner-ups to info@karzproductions.com for curator choice consideration. All curator choice selections are included with the semifinalists for exhibition and for submission to the finalist judges.

Final Round

Seven finalist judges will choose a first-place winner and two runner-ups in each of the three school categories as well as an overall Grand Prize winner, for a total of ten winners in each of the ten cities. The winners will be announced on-line and at the award ceremonies in February 2013.


  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School


  • A word or phrase from The Dream Speech


  • Originality: in form and content
  • Artistic merit: composition, mark making, use of color, and visual impact


  • K-12 students who are currently enrolled with any of the participating schools or after-school programs



  • Certificates of Excellence for school winners and runner ups signed by the local schools superintendent
  • Art supply gift cards


  • November 16, 2012: Deadline for on-line submissions of school winners and after-school program winners
  • December 3, 2012: Deadline for the on-line selection of semifinalists
  • January/February 2013: Award ceremonies

View more on the calendar page >>



The 2011/12 Dream Art Contest was a co-presentation of Karz Productions and Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with 13 metro-area Atlanta public school systems representing a total of 854 schools and 759,000 K-12 students. Over $282,000 in highway billboard and public transportation advertising for the winning artwork has been donated.

Exhibits of the Dream artwork include the Woodruff Arts Center, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Central Library, Youth Art Connection Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library, and the Coca Cola headquarters.


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