MLK Youth Art & Essay Contest

Every year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, EmpowerMT in partnership with the Missoulian and the Missoula MLK Day Celebration Committee hosts a Youth Art & Essay Contest for youth across Western Montana to create art that celebrates Dr. King’s legacy. EmpowerMT’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) chooses powerful quotes from Dr. King that serve as prompts for participants. YAC also selects winning art and essays that are judged in age categories based on school grade (K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th). For MLK Day 2022, the quote selected for the Youth Art & Essay Contest is:

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Submit your Art or Essay online HERE!

Check out the 2021 Missoula MLK YAEC Winners HERE

Past Year’s Winners of the Art & Essay Contest