All Kids Included District-Wide Student Art Competition

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Celebrating Inclusion, Diversity, and Courage

The All Kids Included student art competition is open to all Miami-Dade students in grades Pre-K-12.  Students are invited to submit original art work depicting the competition theme and are asked to draw on the competition's selected book for inspiration. 

The theme for 2022 is inspired by the book, The Day You Begin, by National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López.  

The Day You Begin is a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect with others, even when you feel scared and alone.  Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway. 

Student artists are asked to read the book for inspiration and depict the themes of inclusion, diversity, courage and acceptance.

Deadline:  All submissions are due no later than Tuesday, February 1, 2022

SAT NOV 20, 10 AM - 1 PM at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Click here to download the 2022 Contest Flyer

Click here to search the Miami-Dade Public Library System for The Day You Begin

Click here to watch the beautiful  Bookmarks video of a reading by Jacqueline Woodson on YouTube

The book is available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!

Contest Award Ceremony

  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 | South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center


Past Contest Awards & Exhibitions

2022 Contest Submission Forms:

For additional information contact Ivette Dominguez
Para obtener ayuda en español, comuníquese con Ivette Dominguez


Selected semi-finalists will be chosen to have their work exhibited and will receive a copy of the book, The Day You Begin.  In addition, semi-finalists will be automatically entered into the AKI Student Art Competition finals (see below).

1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention winners will be selected from the semi-finalists for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School levels to receive the prizes as outlined below, and to have their work exhibited.  A Grand Prize for "Best in Show" will also be chosen.  In addition, winning students will each receive a medal and an All Kids Included goody bag.

Art teachers submitting entries selected for 1st Place will each receive a $100 Blick Art Supply Card.
Art teachers submitting the entry selected for Best in Show will receive a $250 Blick Art Supply Card.

Grades 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Pre-K $100 Blick Art Supply Card $75 Blick Art Supply Card $50 Blick Art Supply Card
Elementary School $100 Blick Art Supply Card $75 Blick Art Supply Card $50 Blick Art Supply Card
Middle School $100 Blick Art Supply Card $75 Blick Art Supply Card $50 Blick Art Supply Card
High School $100 Blick Art Supply Card $75 Blick Art Supply Card $50 Blick Art Supply Card



Honorable Mentions: $  25 Blick Art Supply Card
Best in Show: $250 Blick Art Supply Card