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Call For Art

Submissions are juried by arts professionals who look for creativity, originality, and craftsmanship in selecting ten visual artworks and four poems to be given the AFA Creative Power Award and additional works as Merit winners.

Each CREATIVE POWER Purchase Award-winner will be added to the CREATIVE POWER Collection, an ARTS for ALL Wisconsin Traveling Exhibition. The exhibition provides public recognition of hundreds of individuals with disabilities each year.

Wisconsin residents over the age of 5 who identify as having a disability may submit. Award winners in the past three years may enter art, but those works will only be eligible for Merit awards and cannot join the CREATIVE POWER Collection.

No documentation or disclosure of disability is necessary to participate.

Age Categories:

  • Child (ages 5-10)
  • Youth (ages 11-15)
  • Young Adult (ages 16-21)
  • Adult (ages 22+)

A Note on Viewing Art

We share the work of artists because we believe that art is a universal and essential language that challenges people to respond to the world, look beyond themselves, and celebrate diversity by building bridges between people, across cultures, and through generations. We also believe that art can be a tool for healing.

We make a point to share ALL the work submitted through our Call for Art.

We do not censor art or attempt to limit the imagination, creativity, or the essential individual voice of any artist. This means that the viewer of artwork should be mindful of the potential to encounter imagery that may not be suitable for everyone. The themes or visual elements of some artwork may be mature, graphic, or simply not in line with an individual viewer's personal taste. And that's ok. 

We ask only that you be aware of this and if you choose to view the art that you please join us in appreciating the artists for the courage of their expression.

2023 CREATIVE POWER Showcase

The Showcase is currently on exhibit at MYArts at 1055 E Mifflin Street in Madison. You can look at the virtual online gallery here too!

Generous support for Call for Art has been provided by


Support for Call for Art comes from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, The Cap Times Kids Fund, Thompson Investment Management, American Girl Fund for Children, Associated Bank, Monroe Street Framing, Evald Moulding, and Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also comes from the extraordinary individual donors that we are honored to consider our Friends.