By Gina Roussos, Ph.D.
Health Policy Analyst, Office of the Director
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Are you looking for a fun, engaging, and meaningful activity to keep the quarantine blues at bay? Look no further! The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites you and your loved ones to participate in the Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge—a competition inviting teens (16-18 years) and adults to create images (paintings, drawings, photos, digital art, etc.) that represent NIMHD’s vision: an America in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives.
During these challenging times, this art competition gives us all the opportunity to take a break from the present for a moment and instead imagine a marvelous, hopefully not-too-distant future in which health disparities based on race and ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, and sexual and gender identity are but distant memories.
NIMHD will offer cash prizes for 1st place ($3,500), 2nd place ($2,500), and 3rd place ($1,500). To provide a more even playing field, prizes will be awarded in two age categories: Teen (16 to 18 years) and Adult (19 years or older). Additionally, winning art pieces will be featured in NIMHD communications materials.
You can read the full list of challenge rules and requirements, but below we’ve listed some key points:
- Art pieces must be submitted as .jpg, .png, or .pdf files no larger than 10 MB and with at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch) when printed on an 8½’’ by 11’’ sheet of paper.
- We are accepting submissions until February 5, 2021 at 11:59 EST; winners will be announced in March 2021.
- Participants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents aged 16 or older at the time of submission.
- Be sure to include a parent or guardian signature if you’re under 18.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite 2-dimensional art medium and start envisioning health equity! We can’t wait to see what you create. Feel free to email us at NIMHD2020@nih.gov if you have additional questions.