In conjunction with the nation’s oldest, largest MLK Holiday Celebration, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Festivities Committee, Inc. is sponsoring an Art Contest for works that will be uniquely exhibited or showcased during our January 18, 2021 parade in Miami.



Honoring Dr. King’s inspiring legacy, the 2021  MLK Holiday Event Theme is a throwback to positive activism in the 1960s:

“Power In the People! ... Freedom, Equality & Prosperity.”


Artists ages 16 or older are encouraged to create their own masterpiece that reflects Dr. King’s dream of eliminating poverty, racism, and inequality and empowering a new generation of powerful, positive, social change-makers. Works may reference the current Black Lives Matter movement; profile civil rights pioneers and history; express your vision for a world in which truth, love, and justice prevail for all people; and/or reflect on the profound importance of the MLK national holiday. 



· Drawings, Paintings & Multi-media Canvases: minimum size: 16” x 20”; all forms and media accepted

· Film/Video: HD short: 10 minutes or less with or without sound; presented on an endless loop

· Mixed media: minimum size: 24” h

· Music: original composition or sampled compilation suitable for public broadcast playback

· Photography: minimum size: 16” x 20”; black and white or color

· Poetry: provide written documentation and audio recording of its reading

· Sculpture: minimum size: 24” h; all materials accepted

· Site Mural Design & Installation Plan for Commercial Building: Approximate Size: 76’8" l x 20’ h (11532 SF)

  Artist(s) must provide a rendering for judging, and if chosen, be able to accurately transfer that  design to building.

  Building Owner will furnish materials for subsequent painting by category winner.  Artist(s) will sign work on building.


Note: Selected works will be displayed on mobile platforms in the 2021 MLK Holiday Parade and subsequently exhibited and if the

          artist chooses, available for purchase at  Metro 1 Office Gallery: 224 NE 59th St. #220, Miami, FL 33137.

          Larger formats may be more visible to parade spectators, but any works meeting the minimum standards outlined above will be


          All entries must be signed with artist’s name and submitted with a completed entry form available below.



· Only one entry per person will be accepted.  All entries must be the entrant’s original work.


· Beginning Wednesday, December 1, entries accompanied by a completed entry form may be delivered to MLK Holiday Parade

  Personnel at  Metro 1: 224 NE 59th St. #220, Miami, FL 33137.  Prior to delivery, please call Marjorie Weber: (305) 213-5409 to

  schedule a delivery appointment.


· Deadline for submission: 5 p.m., on Wednesday December 23, 2020.


· Artists will be able to pick up submissions beginning Monday, February 22, 2021 at Metro 1: 224 NE 59th St. #220, Miami, FL

 33137. Prior to pickup, please call  Marjorie Weber: (305) 213-5409 to schedule a pick-up appointment.  All submissions must be

  retrieved by artist no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021. No submissions will be mailed back to the artist.




Submissions will be judged based upon creativity and originality; artist interpretation of the theme; quality; overall impression of design.


A Grand Prize of $1000 will be given to one winner from any category.  A $250 prize will be awarded to one winner in each category.  The Site Mural category winner will be awarded $500.  Both cash prize winners and entries not receiving cash awards will be showcased in the parade and in the cultural art exhibit and featured in print and broadcast news, organizational website and literature.  Winners will be notified by Monday, January 4, 2021.  All artists whose works will be exhibited in the parade are invited and encouraged to accompany that work on its designated mobile stage and to be available for press interviews as requested.



2021 Art Contest Entry Form & Waiver
2021 Art Contest Entry Form Waiver.pdf
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