January 18-21,  2019. Advancing The Dream.
“Everybody can be great… Because anybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2016 MLK Art Contest

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You could win a $500, $750 or $1,000 scholarship. The 2016 MLK Art Contest is open to junior high and high school students attending Arlington schools or residing within the Arlington city limits. The winning design will appear on T-shirts, posters, fliers and programs associated with the Arlington MLK Celebration.


“The Strength to Love: Tough Minds, Tender Hearts”
The theme is derived from Dr. King’s book, “The Strength to Love,” which was published in 1963. “The Strength to Love” explains the central element of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence in short messages, some of them composed in jails and all of them crafted during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights struggle. What does having the strength to love mean?

How To Enter

Please mail all entries to:
A.I.S.D. Art Coordinator
1200 W. Arkansas Ln.
Arlington, TX 76013

  • Designs are to be original drawings and may include original computer graphics.
  • Artwork can be submitted as a full color rendering or a black and white version.
  • All submissions must be on 8.5 x 11-inch art paper and mounted.
  • Entries will be judged in November 2015.


Winners will be formally recognized at the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, and throughout the four-day celebration weekend. For more information about the MLK Art Competition 2016,  contact Linh Nguyen at 682-867-7693 or Lnguyen@AISD.net.