2020 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. This contest empowers young people to express their talent(s), passion, and/or experiences through an art form that is meaningful to the artist(s). The 2020 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, meaning and creativity of the design/story, and the connection to the theme “The Power of Resiliency.” 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 2020 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest is open to youth who have received or presently receive services from a current FYSB-funded RHY program. The 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/2020-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(s) Receive

The winning artist will receive *airfare and **hotel accommodations to attend an awards ceremony at the National RHY Grantees Training. In addition, up to four (4) artist(s) from the winning organization will receive a ***$50 gift card. The supporting RHY grantee organization will receive a plaque listing the organization and the first name and last initial of the artist(s).

*Flight costs for one artist plus one RHY program staff representative will be covered.
**A two-night stay at the national training venue or partnering hotel for one artist plus one RHY program staff representative will be covered. 
***Group entries will receive o
ne $50 gift card per youth artist, up to four youth. 

Deadline to submit your entry: Monday, June 15, 2020

Click now to submit your artwork.

Looking for inspiration?

Check out the winners and entries from the 2019 FYSB RHY Artistic Expression Contest here.

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