Mayor’s Alliance 2020 Poster Contest

Mayor’s Alliance 2020 Poster Contest graphic, includes title, deadline, and theme
Let’s celebrate! Southlake is turning 64 on September 22, 2020, and everyone is invited come together to share their spirit and celebrate the City we love and call home! To kick-off the celebration, the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture is hosting a city-wide poster contest, calling for submissions of original art around the theme “We Are Southlake!” by September 25, 2020. Each artist is asked to visually represent what they love and are celebrating about our community this birthday.

The members of the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture will judge and select the winners, and announce them on Tuesday, September 29. The winners of each age category will have their work displayed on the light poles in Southlake Town Square this fall! To highlight the great work of all our artists, all entries will be compiled into a celebratory mosaic to be hung in Southlake Town Square during the same time period. 

Everyone participating is asked to share their spirit throughout the City by hanging your submitted art in the window of your home during the City’s birthday week (September 20 through 26).

Read full Official Rules below before entering the contest.

Entry form for art contest

Official Rules

Contest and art guidelines:
Submissions may be made using any visual medium, including hand drawing, digital illustration, photography, or other visual media. Video, audio, written, or other non-conforming entries will not be accepted.

Entries for consideration must adhere to the following:

  • All entries must follow the theme of “We Are Southlake!”
  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant
  • All entries must be submitted in portrait/vertical orientation
  • No copyrighted or trademarked logos or branding may be included.
  • Words and lettering on any submission are not permitted, with the exception of the following words or phrases:
    • Southlake
    • Happy Birthday
    • We/I love Southlake
    • We are Southlake
    • 1956
    • September 22

Entrants should submit art based on their age/grade category:

  • Pre-K and younger
  • Kindergarten to 2nd grade
  • 3rd to 5th grade
  • 6th to 8th grade
  • 9th to 12th grade
  • Adult (19-64)
  • Senior Citizen (65+)

Digital image submissions should be submitted via the entry form. Please photograph or scan your art at the highest resolution possible. If using a mobile device, please photograph in the shade without hard shadows, or a brightly lit indoor space away from direct lighting. Any winning submissions that need to be rescanned or photographed for quality may be asked to submit your original art to the City of Southlake. You will be asked to include your submission information on the back of your artwork.

Any art displayed throughout the City’s birthday week in neighborhoods may only be displayed on the entrant’s property or the property of the parent or guardian of the entrant. Any poster, art, or works displayed outside should be secured in a manner to ensure that no litter occurs. The entrant assumes all risk associated with displaying their works outside.

Guidelines on how to submit great art

Winner Selection and Notification:
Winners will be notified by email no later than September 29, 2020. City of Southlake and Mayor’s Alliance for Unity and Culture shall not be responsible for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to messaging filters or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted to advise cropping or any adjustments to their submitted art to fit light pole banners, City staff and vendor will make the best judgment to fit the print needed. If the artist’s winning image is low resolution and Winner cannot be reached to provide an alternative photo within 48 hours of contact, or if the entrant is ineligible, an alternate Winner selected. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT CITY OF SOUTHLAKE‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS A WINNER OF THE CONTEST.

Rules and Terms: 
Art submitted for entry must adhere to all “Contest and art guidelines.” Any violation of the official rules will result in the disqualification of entry to the contest.

Contest open to City of Southlake residents only. Art must be the original work of the entrant. The artwork should be finished and unframed. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, September 25, 2020. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. One entry per resident. Each resident in a household may enter. By submitting a photo, you give the City of Southlake permission to share the photo and agree to the following submission terms:

As the artist/photographer and sole owner of the rights to this (these) image(s), I authorize the City of Southlake and all sub-departments of the City to publish photographs taken by me for use in its social media, print, online and video-based publicity materials. I release and hold harmless the City of Southlake from any reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality associated with the use of the images specified above. I further acknowledge that my participation is voluntary and that I will not receive financial compensation of any type associated with the use or publication of my art or photographs or inclusion in Southlake marketing materials or other Southlake publications, print or electronic. I acknowledge and agree that publication of said art and photos by the City of Southlake confers no rights of ownership or royalties whatsoever.