Organized by Washington Project for the Arts

Jurors: Lance Fung, Fung Collaboratives; Lisa Gold, Washington Project for the Arts; Tonya Jordan, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Eligibility: DC Metro area students in grades K-12

Deadline for Submissions: August 25, 2014 at 5:00pm

Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 6, 2014

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) in collaboration with Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives and DCCAH’s 5×5 program are pleased to present Create a Nonument, a citywide youth art contest to celebrate Fung’s 5×5 Project, Nonuments.

Washington, DC, our nation’s capital, is renowned for its grand monuments honoring the history and achievements of great Americans. But behind the federal face of official Washington, there is a real city with distinctive neighborhoods filled with passionate citizens living their day-to-day lives. Create a Nonument is an opportunity for students to consider the history and meaning behind the monuments that surround them here in our nation’s capital.  Students living in this area see monuments on a daily basis without questioning their significance. This project seeks to challenge students to create their own monument to an idea, person, or personal struggle that they identify with but that would not be the subject of a traditional Washington, DC monument.

The Nonument submissions will be judged on the following artistic elements:

– Concept: How well the work relates to the theme of Nonuments

– Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together

– Creativity: The uniqueness of design and theme

Students will be split into three categories: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-12.  From each category the jurors will select a 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winner. 3rd place winners will receive $50, 2nd place winners will receive $75, and 1st place winners will receive $100.  Students who place in their respective categories will also meet curator Lance Fung and be introduced at the opening reception for 5×5. All submissions will be on public exhibit from September 6 – October 6.

Winners will be notified by September 2.


-Students must be in grades K-12

-Work must be submitted in person or mailed to:

Washington Project for the Arts

ATTN: Create a Nonument Contest

10 I St. SW

Washington DC 20024

-Works must be delivered by August 25 at 5:00pm

-Work must be 2D and can be no larger than 24” x 36” (no video submissions permitted)

-Work must be clearly labeled on the back with the following information:

  • Student’s full name
  • Title of their Nonument
  • School
  • Grade level
  • Mailing address
  • Contact number
  • Three to four sentences about what their Nonument represents

All submissions become the property of Washington Project for the Arts. Washington Project for the Arts reserves the right to reproduce works in conjunction with promotion of the contest, exhibition, and for archival purposes.

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