• By Teen Services
  • Posted Thursday, October 1, 2020

TeenTober Challenge 2020

Art as Activism

Throughout history, people have used art as a way to express activism and advocate for their beliefs. In more recent times, we have seen our society re-evaluating the weight of importance that statues and artworks carry. This has caused a discussion centered around how individuals from the past are depicted and how the ideals that they supported matter in context in today’s world.

Forsyth County Public Library is inviting teens and tweens ages 12-18 to choose a cause that they are passionate about and create their own artwork in support. Art as Activism Challenge winners will be featured on the Forsyth County Public Library webpage and social media channels with a brief artist introduction and the winning entry.


Feeling Creative? Send Us Your Work

Teens and tweens ages 12-18 can email a photo or a copy of their work, a 2-3 sentence description of the piece, and a 2-3 sentence profile of the artist to ArtAsActivismFCPL@gmail.com.


Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Accepted art forms include, but are not limited to, paintings, poetry, essays, songs, short stories, collages, and more.

Only one submission per artist, and teens and tweens must live in Forsyth County at the time of entry. Any submission with derogatory or explicit language will be disqualified. Submissions may be edited for publication.


Looking for Inspiration?

Here are a few images from history.


Rules for Entering

  • Please submit a copy or photo of your work to artasactivismfcpl@gmail.com by 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.
  • Must be at least 12 years old and no older than 18 at the time of submission and live within Forsyth County limits.
  • All submissions must be original works created by the teen submitting the entry.
  • Each participant may submit only one entry.
  • Entries may be edited for publication.
  • Entries with derogatory or explicit language will be disqualified.

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