Black History Month Art Contest

Black History Month Art Contest
at Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Carter G. Woodson helped to establish a week in February, which included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, to bring awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization. This week dedicated to black history was first celebrated in February 1926. In 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to become Black History Month. This year, to commemorate Black History Month, Lincoln Home National Historic Site is hosting an art contest open to children in grades K-12, with art on display at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center from February 13 – March 12.

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Entries must revolve around the theme of: What does Black History mean to you?

  • Entries must be two-dimensional visual media. This can include mediums such as photography, painting, collage, drawing, etc. Video, performance art, etc. is not accepted.

  • There are three age categories for the contest.
    • Elementary School (grades k -5)

    • Middle School (grades 6-12)

    • High School (grades 9-12)

  • One entry allowed per person.

  • By entering the contest, the artist gives permission for the park to use images of the work on the park's website, social media, and print media.

  • Entries will be judged on creativity, adherence to theme, and effort/quality.

  • Entries will be displayed at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

  • Artists may pick up their submissions in person between March 12- 26 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center (426 S. 7th Street Springfield, IL.) Entries cannot be mailed back to artists at the end of the contest.

  • There is no fee for participation.

  • Participants must complete the registration form for entries to be valid in the contest.

  • Email questions to

Due Date:

Submissions open Jan 16 – February 12. Entries submitted after February 12 are not guaranteed to be put on display or entered into the competition.

How to Submit:

Artists can submit their artwork in three ways.

  • Submissions can be dropped off in person at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center (426 S. 7th Street Springfield, IL)

  • Submissions can be mailed to Lincoln Home National Historic Site at 413 S. 8th Street Springfield , IL 62701

  • Submissions can be scanned and emailed to


  • Winners will be contacted by February 24. Each age category will have a first and runner- up prize. Visitors will also be able to vote for an overall audience choice award.

Last updated: January 11, 2023

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