CONTACT: Michelle Vigil, Government & Public Affairs

Stacey Norton, Department of Arts & Culture

SAN ANTONIO (November 22, 2021) – The City of San Antonio's Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Department of Arts & Culture today announced the 7th Annual Citywide Art Contest for Official Artwork. The selected artwork will be used as the visual representation of the 2022 Theme, which is: "Free to be..." The final artwork selected will also be used for promotional materials for the 35th Annual MLK March and Legacy Celebration which takes place Monday, January 17, 2022, at 10:00 am.

Submission information:
  • Submissions can be sent electronically via email to
  • Submissions should have the subject line: 2022 MLK Poster Contest
  • Each submission must also be accompanied by a signed copy of these guidelines agreeing to the terms and conditions of the contest.
  • The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

  • The art contest is open to current Bexar County residents and student artists are especially encouraged to participate.
  • Artworks must be a visual representation of the 2022 commemorative theme: "Free to be..."
  • Any traditional two-dimensional artistic media (painting, watercolor, photography, computer graphics, color pencil, etc.) are acceptable.
  • All submissions MUST BE original artwork created by the submitter, and not currently or previously used in any other promotional or event materials.
  • One individual artist per entry (no collaborations or group works).
  • Artist should not sign artwork or identify him/herself on the art piece.
  • The image, likeness, and direct quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr. should not be included in the submitted artwork, as these are copyrighted. Artwork with image, likeness, and direct quotes of MLK, Jr. will be disqualified.

Since 1987, the City of San Antonio has celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with an annual series of events leading up to one of the largest marches in the country honoring Dr. King. For the contest, a panel of judges that includes representatives from the San Antonio MLK, Jr. Commission and various members of the community, will make the final decision based on concept, artistic imagery, visual presentation, and originality of the piece. Organizers will notify the winning individual and the Commission will make a public announcement at a later date.

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