The Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee 11th Annual Art, Written Word, Performance Competition:

The Huron Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee has announced the details of its 11th annual MLK Day Celebration, including an Art/Writing/Multimedia Contest for area residents of all ages.

The theme of 2016’s contest is “The WORDS of Dr. King,” allowing artists and writers to take any quote from Dr. King and turn it into a new creative submission, whether a painting, photograph, speech, song, or another medium.

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories (11 and under, 12-17, and 18 and older), and submissions will be displayed at The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (The SHAC) during the week before and during the March on Main Street which falls on Sunday, January 17. In addition, winners and other selected submissions will be highlighted during the march’s closing ceremony at The SHAC.

All entries will be judged based on overall quality and interpretation of this year’s theme.

Submissions are due by Friday, January 8, 2016.


Congratulations to the 2015 winners

"Freedom Songs:

11 & under:

Winner: Ashley Brown with her collage based on Freedom Songs.

Honorable Mention: Bahai Youth Group "Freedom- Where is the Love?": Freedom- Where is the Love?


Winner (non-musical): Lakeland High School's Gay Straight Alliance- Poem:MLK Poem

Winner (musical entry): Morgan Cox- "A Questition of Freedom" Song:

Honorable Mentions:

Darrio Wright- "MLK Remix" Song:MLK Remix

Shelby Lee  "Can You Imagine?":

"The Ruins" Song:The Ruins


Winner: Luti Erbeznik- "How Many Years?" Song:

How Many Years


Congratulations to the 2014 winners:

11 & under: Madeline Chechel, Story

Madeline Chechel's Submission

12-17: Hannah and Meredith Jeffrey, poem

18+: Sydney Bush, poem


Congratulations to the 2013 winners:

11 & under: Lily Beasley- Timeline/Poster.

12-17: Stephen Drake & Nancy Boyd- Song.

Listen to the song here: Track 1

12-17: Sarah Reed- Digital Art Piece.

18+: John Mittelstadt- Photo/Poem.

Honorable Mention:

11 & under: Mason Podhorsky- Speech



Register for the 2016 Artist Contest here:

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Note: We will carefully take care of your art while it's in our hands, but we are not responsible for any damage that might be done.