four freedoms



reimagined

artist competition

Ages12-20

giving youth a voice

through the arts

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The Four Freedoms Reimagined


Giving Youth a Voice through the Arts ​Competition


The Crocker Art Museum and the VITA Academy are hosting a competition for students ages 12-​20 to share their artistic visions of The Four Freedoms, outlined by President Franklin Delano ​Roosevelt in his annual message to Congress on January 6, 1941. The Four Freedoms call for:

Freedom of Speech

Freedom from Want

Freedom of Worship

Freedom from Fear


Coordinators: Deborah Pittman, Stephanie Sugano, Latrice Madkins, and Laurie Friedman-Adler ​are celebrating a broad re-imaging that will reflect greater cultural, religious, ethnic and gender ​diversity. Deriving inspiration from the Four Freedoms, please choose one freedom to express ​your thoughts and ideas through your art form.


The competition is open to students in Northern California and includes students who are ​enrolled in public schools, private schools and home schooled. All submissions must be an ​original work by the student. Collaborative pieces (limited to two participants) may be submitted ​as long as both participants are 7th-12th grade students. All creative work is limited to one entry ​per student.  Please submit artwork that is age appropriate and free of profanity.  There will be ​$100-250 monetary awards for the winners.  Winning submissions will be displayed at the ​Crocker Art Museum or performed at the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts in 2023.


Deadline October 29, 2022


Questions?  Contact us at fourfreedomsreimagined@gmail.com


categories


2D Visual Art

(including: painting, drawing, collage, fiber-art, photography)


All entries need to be display-ready. All two-dimensional work needs to be framed, ​including the framing hardware; matting is optional.


  • Visual Artwork must be submitted as a high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400 ​pixels by 2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork.
  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size.
  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format.


3D Visual Art

(including: sculpture: ceramic, wood, paper, mixed media)


All entries need to be display-ready. All three-dimensional work needs to be stable    ​and weigh less than 25 pounds and be no more than 3 feet in any direction.


  • Visual Artwork must be submitted as a high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400    ​pixels by 2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork.
  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size.
  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format.



Digital Art

(created using software on a computer,  i.e. multimedia work, drawings using ​digital software, animation, 3D printers using a  computer program)


Digital Art must be submitted as a digital, high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400 pixels by ​2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork.

  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size.
  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format.

OR

  • Artwork may be submitted on an unlisted YouTube video and a link for viewing provided ​in your application.





Music Composition and Performance

The symbiotic relationship between composing and performing creates a life-long ​collaboration. Therefore, students willing to reimagine FDR’s Four Freedom Speech ​through composing and or performing music, can participate by reading the following ​information:



Music Composition

  • The length of this new composition will be no more than three minutes of music.
  • All submitted compositions must be in western musical notation or if improvised, a ​chart must be clearly defined.
  • Using either acoustical instruments or a digital keyboard.
  • A digital recording of your musical composition must be on an unlisted YouTube video ​and a link for viewing provided in your application.



Music Performance



  • Large or Small Ensemble Performance (Solo, Chamber Ensemble, Choir, Orchestra, ​Band, Jazz Band, etc.).
  • Using acoustical instruments, voices, or digital keyboard.
  • A digital recording of your musical performance must be on an unlisted YouTube video ​and link for viewing provided in your application.
  • Your piece of music does not have to be an original composition, but must be submitted ​under one of the Four Freedoms: Speech, Worship, Fear, or Want.  Please explain.
  • School music programs may submit performances that were performed in the past ​year.
  • Each performance should be no longer than five minutes.
  • All compositions should be written and sent on manuscript paper or submitted digitally.



Theatre Composition


Each student will create and perform an original work in one of the following formats:

  • Scene: tells a small piece of the overall story. A scene is a dramatic part of a story, at a ​specific time and place, between specific characters. 
  • Monologue: a speech given by a single character in a story. Any speech of some ​duration, addressed by a character to a second person.      
  • Duologue: a dramatic performance or piece in the form of a dialogue limited to two ​speakers.
  • A digital recording of your original theatrical piece must be on an unlisted YouTube ​video and a link provided in your application.



Dance Composition


Each student will create and perform an original dance/movement work in one of the ​following dance genres:

  • Tap, jazz, acrobatic, ballet, Hip-Hop, contemporary.
  • The length of this new dance composition will be no more than three minutes.
  • A digital recording of your original dance piece must be on an unlisted YouTube video ​and a link provided in your application.





partners

Board of Directors

Deborah Pittman, Stephanie Sugano, Laurie Friedman-Adler, Latrice Madkins

Special thank you to the following organizations for your support.



Performing Arts Zoom Workshops:   October 1 or 2, 2022

Visual Arts Zoom Workshops: September 24 or 25, 2022

Preliminary Application Deadline: October 29, 2022

Final Notification:  November 14, 2022


Exhibition Dates:

January 5, 2023 – March 26, 2023

Crocker Student/Community Gallery


dates

Artistic Statement and Consent Form



For the Four Freedoms: Reimagined Arts Competition, I chose _____________ to communicate my interpretation of FDR’s January 6, 1941, inauguration speech. Where language influences an artistic creation, I was able to use my own voice to interpret “Freedom of/from __________.” Motivated by the inspiration inherent in the speech, I wanted to challenge myself to recognize, investigate, appreciate, and renew that content through my art.  Art can also function as a passport, offering global solutions to problems of equity and social justice. The Four Freedoms: Reimagined Arts Competition challenged us to recognize and appreciate historical promises still relevant today.


All artists participating in the exhibition are required to sign a consent release form.  This form must be returned in the student's application.  Download the Artist Consent Form below.  After obtaining parent signatures and filling out the necessary information, submit it with your final application.


virtual artist workshops



Please sign up here and we will send out more information with the Zoom link.




Be inspired by our Master Artists! 

Ask questions, meet other contestants, and learn from professional artists in your field.


Performing Arts: October 1 or 2nd

Visual Arts: September

Time TBA



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