2019 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest

Artistic expression can manifest in many forms. When youth are given an outlet to express themselves through art, they are shown their thoughts and feelings have value and they are making an important contribution to the world around them. The Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees are invited to engage young people in a creative opportunity to tell their stories. The FYSB RHY Mural Contest has been enhanced to allow young people to express their talent(s), passion, and/or experiences through an art form that is meaningful to the artist. The 2019 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest is open to visual arts, literature, and performing arts.


To enter, submit a .pdf (poetry, literature, etc.), .jpg (sketch, photography, etc.) or an .mp4 or .mov (dance, musical performance, spoken word, etc.) and a one- to two-page description detailing the meaning of the art piece and the youth-driven creative process. 

Entries will be judged on young people’s role in crafting the entry and narrative, the most meaningful and creative of the design/story, and the connection to the theme “Uniquely You.” Agencies may submit group entries or individual entries from youth. Judges will include a panel of FYSB staff, RHYTTAC Advisory Board members, and youth from NSPN’s National Youth Advisory Board Collaboration Committee (YCC).  

Examples of Entries

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpting
  • Architecture
  • Video production/filmmaking
  • Computer art
    • Graphic design
    • Animation
    • Video game design
    • 3D design

  • Poetry
  • Spoken word

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theater


The 2019 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest is open to youth who have received and presently receive services from a currently FYSB-funded RHY program. The currently FYSB-funded RHY program is responsible for entering and sponsoring each youth participant. 

How to Enter the Contest

RHY grantees may enter the contest by uploading their .pdf, .jpg, or audio/video file or link with their completed essay at www.rhyttac.net/2019-rhy-art. If submitting an image of your artwork, high resolution sketches/photos (up to 25 mb) are requested. Please plan to submit your one- to two-page description essay as a word document.

What the Winning Artist Wins

The winning artist will receive a trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL to attend the 2019 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Awards Luncheon in November 2019 and a $50 gift card. 
Flight costs for the individual artist or up to two artists within a group plus one RHY program staff representative will be covered in addition to a two night stay at the national training venue or partnering hotel. One $50 gift card will be provided to one individual artist or group. 

Deadline to submit your entry: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Click now to submit your artwork.

Please contact the RHYTTAC team at [email protected] if you have any questions or need assistance.