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CREATIVE POWER

CREATIVE POWER at ARTS for ALL Wisconsin pulls together many threads and includes our annual Call for Art, Call for Poetry, the CREATIVE POWER Showcase each spring, and the CREATIVE POWER Collection of visual art.

Use the links below to submit for the 2024 CREATIVE POWER Calls for Art and Poetry!

SUBMIT VISUAL ART

SUBMIT POETRY

Deadline for EXTENDED TO MARCH 17, 2024!

Awards Celebration will be on May 4, 2024 in Madison.

See below or click the links at right for more information on either call!

All submissions are juried by arts professionals who look for creativity, originality, and craftsmanship in selecting CREATIVE POWER award winners.

Wisconsin residents over the age of 5 who identify as having a disability may submit.

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+)
 

Call for Art

Submit visual art between Oct 31, 2023 and Feb 14, 2024 here.

The CREATIVE POWER Showcase will be open to the public in early April, 2024.

Submissions are juried by arts professionals who look for creativity, originality, and impact in selecting ten visual artworks 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.

Call for Poetry

Submit poetry between Oct 31, 2023 and Feb 14, 2024 here.
 

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

Each CREATIVE POWER Poetry Award-winner will be included, along with previous winning poems, in our first publication of poetry next 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.

A Note on Viewing Art and Reading Poetry

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 Calls for Art and Poetry.

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 or reader of art should be mindful of the potential to encounter imagery that may not be suitable for everyone. The themes or visual elements of some work 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.