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About the Contest

The IE 2030 Youth Art contest is calling on artists that live and/or work in the Inland Empire to submit their interpretation of “Belonging” for a cash award. The IE 2030 project utilized the Seven Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being  framework to guide the project. The Vital Signs framework identifies 7 key domains of life that impact and improve the lives of residents in a community. One of those major domains is “Belonging.”

Belonging is defined as: “Having fulfilling relationships and social support that people need to thrive. It’s about being part of a community and contributing to its vibrancy.”

Freedom Dreaming: Belonging and Art

The IE 2030 community is asking regional artists to submit art that reflects their definition or vision of what belonging or “home” looks like for their community. What does it look like to thrive in your community? Some examples of how you can highlight belonging are:

Bold Visioning – aspirational visions for your community, or for places and the region more generally

Asset Mapping – amazing people, places, or projects that point the way to a dramatically better future in the region

Freedom Dreaming – think of an issue you care about and share your vision of the world you want to see through your art


  • Artists ages 6 – 26 years old or younger
  • Live, work or create in Riverside or San Bernardino counties
  • We will award one (1) $500 prize to an artist from each of the age groups listed below:
    • Ages: 6 – 9
    • Ages: 10 – 13
    • Ages: 14 – 17
    • Ages: 18 – 21
    • Ages: 22 – 26

Deadline: We will begin accepting submissions on December 18, 2023. Deadline extended. All submissions must be received by May 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST for contest consideration.

For more information and/or questions, please contact the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California at

Submit Your Art!

All submissions must be received by May 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm for contest consideration.



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