The 2015 Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee annual Art, Written Word, Performance Competition:

All work should explore the theme of the event:

"Freedom Songs"

Click below for 2015 Art Contest details:

HVMLKDay Artist Contest 2015

Deadline for submissions is Jan 9, 2015.

Participants can compose an original freedom song to be performed at the conclusion of the March (at The SHAC), create a visual representation (painting, drawing, collage, digital art) inspired by a pre-existing freedom song (or several songs), write a poem or story inspired by a freedom song or an artist associated with the genre, or any other artistic interpretation of music or musicians associated with freedom, equality, or civil rights!

Register for the 2015 Artist Contest on the bottom of this page. All registered entries can be dropped off at Carls Family YMCA of Milford prior to the deadline.

Age Categories: 11 & under, 12-17, 18+

Categories: All Artistic Media, Poetry, Photography, Essay, Performance.

  • Essays: 500 words or less

  • Speeches and Performances (submitted by dvd, youtube, or electronic file), 3 minutes or less.

  • Submissions are community property
    for display in upcoming years

  • Prizes awarded in all age groups.

All entries must include artist, age and contact information. For more information e-mail Isaac Perry:


Artist Contest- 'Freedom Song' Art Contest Submission Creation Studios at SHAC:

The SHAC will open its doors to everyone to come together creatively in fellowship to create their HVMLK 2015 Artist Contest submissions. Gather to get ideas and inspiration for your contest submission, make new friends, and access all of SHAC's art supplies for $5, or bring your own supplies for no charge. HVMLK Day will provide printed lyrics from Freedom Songs, historical and artistic images associated with the Civil Rights Movement, along with music as a source of inspiration for your original Artist Contest submission.  SHAC is located at 125 South Main St, Suite 700, Milford, MI. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Studio Dates & Times:

- Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 11am- 4pm.

- Friday, January 2, from 11am-5pm.

Contact / 248-797-3060 for additional questions.


Winners and selected submissions will be displayed in storefront windows of Main Street businesses the week before the holiday.  Entries and performances will be showcased at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (The SHAC) at the conclusion of the 'March on Main St'.


Congratulations to the 2014 Winners:

Madeline Chechel, story (11 and under)

Madeline Chechel's Submission

Hannah and Meredith Jeffrey, poem (12-17)

Sydney Bush, poem (18 and older)

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

Listen to the speech here:


Register for the 2015 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.