Student artwork showing Dr. King as a instrument for peaceful change.

Dr. King Children's Essay & Fine Arts Exhibit

Submissions Due December 17, 2018
Dr. King Children's Essay & Fine Arts Exhibit
King's Vision: Humanity Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny


We are pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department will sponsor an event in recognition of the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, as in prior years, we hope to honor Dr. King's memory by inviting schools to submit student art and essays that reflect Dr. King's teaching. Schools may submit original artwork illustrating Dr. King's Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence or essays celebrating Dr. King's birthday from students enrolled in any K-12 program. Each school will receive a Certificate of Appreciation for participating in this worthwhile educational event in the Spring of 2019. As part of the celebration, all entries will be exhibited on the Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza located in Albany, the state capital.


We encourage all schools to join in this initiative honoring Dr. King and we look forward to receiving this year's submissions.

Dr. King's Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence will provide you with additional guidance. Please note that the essay component is designed to encourage students to examine the ways in which they can celebrate Dr. King's birthday all year long. Student essays have consistently focused on the core ideas of social justice and Nonviolence while artwork has included many types of media; digital photography, sculpture, and installations. We look forward to the creativity and understanding students demonstrate in developing their ideas on these themes.


  • To understand that January 21, 2019 commemorates the birthday of Dr. King and reminds all Americans of his dreams and goals for this nation
  • To have the opportunity to take part in the celebration of Dr. King's birthday
  • To reflect on ways to celebrate Dr. King's birthday and legacy in everyday life
  • To have the opportunity to learn about the social, political and economic factors that contributed to the civil rights movement
  • To learn about the philosophy of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and to understand its relevance for today's society
  • To appreciate and respect the contributions and rights of others without regard to the similarities or differences they may present


How to Participate

For information on how your school can participate, call 518-474-4759.

All entries are due December 17, 2018.


Call for Submissions