M'ART'ch Madness

ARE THE ARTS A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE?

SUBMIT YOUR ART AND 
WIN A PAIR OF AIRPODS! 
 

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

SUBMISSIONS DUE MARCH 15th

In March, the Utah Partnership for Arts Education is sponsoring a K-12 art competition titled M”art”ch Madness as part of the Arts for Life Utah initiative. M”art”ch Madness is a multidisciplinary, bracket-style, art competition presenting student art on the theme Arts for Life. 

 

Submissions from the fields of dance, drama, music, visual arts, media arts, literary arts, and more are accepted. Submissions are due March 15th and will be published as an online digital gallery on this site and on social media platforms. Canvas modules have been created for teachers to help prepare students to submit to the competition.

Sample Prompts

Need help getting started? Consider these prompts to begin creating your work of art.

  • Fill in the blank: COVID is _________ but the arts are __________.

  • Complete the sentence: Because of the arts ______________.

  • How is art a cure?

  • ResiliART: How does art help you be resilient in your life?

How the Bracket Works & Prizes

Directors of the Arts for Life Utah initiative will select 16 works of art to participate in the M”art”ch Madness competition on Instagram. Selections will be determined by the quality of work and connection to the theme. The 16 finalists will be announced on March 20th and voting will open on March 23rd on Instagram.

Finalists will be published on the @artsforlifeutah Instagram story in pairs and viewers will be able to vote for their favorite! Each day the previous day's winners will be paired until we have a final winner on March 27th. Additionally, one winner will be selected from each art form (dance, visual art, music, and theatre). The grand prize winner will receive a pair of AirPods in the mail!
 

Submission Requirements

  • Connected to the theme Arts for Life.

  • Digital file prepared to share on the Instagram platform: no larger than 4GB, 1-minute limit, aspect ratio 1:1, 1080p x 1350p is best.

  • Acceptable formats include: .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .mov, .mp4, .mp3. 

  • Include biographical information: name, school, age, and grade (a headshot is optional but welcome).

  • Include an artist statement about your piece (250 words max).

  • Teachers can submit for students who have given permission for their work to be shared.

  • Submit by March 15th to be considered for the competition.

  • Submit to artsforlifeutah@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @artsforlifeutah.

Schedule

  • March 15th - Submissions Due -- Deadline Extended!

  • March 20th - 16 Finalists Announced

  • March 23rd - M’art’ch Madness Voting Opens

  • March 27th - Final Winner announced

Resources for Teachers

The professional arts education organizations in Utah that are sponsoring this initiative (UMEA, UDEO, UAEA, and UACTT) have created Canvas courses for teachers to share to help prepare students for participation in the competition or to simply create works of art on the theme "Arts for Life." Find these modules and assignments in the resource section of our website.

Click here to download a flier to share with your students, friends, family, and colleagues.

Digital Gallery

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Timpanogos High School

Catherine Bao - Sophomore, 15 yrs old

"It is not the age of a person that matters but their spirit. Art does not discriminate between ages, but it does change not only in quality but also meaning as a person ages. Both the quality and meaning of art throughout the ages are represented through the colors and orientation. The colors, the first obvious trait represents the enhancement of skill through a lifetime, while orientation changes with what art represents. This piece shows that throughout this person’s lifetime art is always with them, even though it may change in appearance its presence is always evident. On good days and bad, young or old, art is always there. "

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Pine View High School

Sadie A. Taylor - Senior, 18 yrs old

"Art Chest: I was inspired to create this piece because when I read the prompt, I thought "how am I supposed to show how much art means to me in one simple picture?" Art has been such a big part of my life--It's always just been there. This piece is supposed to convey that I feel like it's always been a part of me, and it always will. I feel like paint runs through my veins. Art is what keeps my heart going."

Cedar City High School

Irene Hu - Freshman, 14 yrs old

"This digital art piece is called "The Balcony Concert". It is inspired by the big lockdown in 2020. Everyone was prohibited from going outside so people just had to stay home. The whole world was affected drastically by the coronavirus and nothing would ever be the same again. But even in dire times like this, the arts of life still managed to brighten up everyone's mood. The art scene depicts people in France who are quarantined in their apartments (based off of real events). They all came out to perform some art and music and still managed to enjoy themselves in quarantine. The theme and meaning portrayed in this digital drawing is that the arts of life has the power to bring everyone together, no matter the situation."

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Ogden High School

Kashius Bey - Ogden High School, 16 yrs old

"The mushroom is supposed to be a persona of myself. The reason it takes place in the forest is because when I went hiking and looked over everybody and everything it made me realize that there is so much to do and achieve. The moment really inspired me."

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Orem High School

Tucker Kelsey-Fraser - Senior, 18 yrs old

"This is a piece of art inspired by the place my grandpa took me hunting. He always taught me very good life lessons on this road. I chose to use bright colors to represent the joy and happiness I felt spending time with him."

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Orem High School

Giuliana Fiorella Cespedes - Senior, 17 yrs old

"This piece is more about how one might perceive death when they come close to it. The life we physically and visually live makes more sense to us than what existence might look like when we pass away. We all have an idea of what our lives might be after death but none of us truly know what it will look like till we are close to passing. It's a thought that many people including myself may have thought of at least once in their lives or maybe more. The idea of not knowing till it's time keeps me grounded because it's not something I'm supposed to know for now."

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Knowlton Elementary School

Grayson Burton - 2nd Grade, 8 yrs old

"My grandma and I have been wanting to do a painting class together, but because of her being high risk, we decided to stay home and do our own paint class from home. We got the painting supplies and found a painting class on YouTube and painted this picture of paradise. It looks like somewhere I would like to escape to when school is hard and I’m sad because I can’t see all of my friends right now. I was really proud of how it turned out and making art with my grandma made me really happy. It made me feel like when life gets hard, art is a way we can pretend we’re somewhere else."

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Payson High School

Savannah Wilkerson - Junior, 16 yrs old

"My art is simple. It has cartoonish, happy, flowy lines and strokes. It can be seen as little doodles on a paper corner or elaborate and all over the page... This specific style of drawing became mine after years of tracing sketches I liked and practicing faces. I usually draw people I know or characters from books and movies... I was inspired to do this specific piece by the concept of how, “art heals.” I thought that because everyone has both light and creativity inside of us, and I decided that I needed to demonstrate how that can heal both ourselves and others."

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Knowlton Elementary School

Maggie Hains - 3rd Grade, 9 yrs old

"Because of art, I can be calm when life is hard." 

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Payson High School

Spencer Bennett - Senior, 17 yrs old

"Art can lead our thoughts, actions, and perspectives to a place that is safe to explore. It allows wandering souls to be creative, to think outside the box, and to feel at peace. In this scene, there is a deer that protectively stands in front of his herd. To his left is a crunchy wasteland, and a lush enclave to his right. The guardian deer captured in this scene represents art. This guardian deer is majestic, however battered, and ushers in the herd to a safe haven. No matter what happens on our journey, art will be there. We might get mad at it, we might abuse it, we might rage our feelings through it, but it doesn’t care. Art is selfless because it allows us to be free. It doesn't judge, but allows us to shape it to what we want, and what we need. Creating better worlds through my art has been my way of enduring to the end. Just as the smoke turns to an aurora, we can turn our shambling lives into something of value and beauty. Just as this guardian deer has led the herd together, art can connect millions of people together in a collective direction. I believe that when we allow art to broaden our perspective and gain empathy towards others, we can feel less alone. Art gathers us into a herd headed for a land of peace and understanding."

Olympus High School

Demetria Johnson - Sophomore, 15 yrs old

"Because of the arts, I am more confident in myself and can appreciate the world differently. I see things differently because my brain thinks of them in the context of drawing or painting. The arts help me know that I'm not lazy because I dislike doing some things and want to change them, because art is just as difficult as other things, it just depends on how much you care about it. It helps me have goals to work towards in my life, and I enjoy the fact that it's difficult. It also helps me put things in my brain into context visually."

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Orem High School

Juliana Tobar - Junior, 17 yrs old

"My piece is centered around the theme of: "What does art mean to me?". Ever since I started drawing I've used my art as a way of coping with my feelings and ideas. Whether it was drawing pieces about my favorite show, or creating vent art, I've always used art to cope with my feelings. My teenage years have been rough for me since I have faced depression and body insecurities from a young age. It has always been hard for me to have a positive mindset and I tend to be easily overwhelmed by my thoughts. I use art as a way to put my thoughts into paper, to turn insecurities and fear into visual pieces. It has helped me get through hard times by giving a positive way to convey my emotions and move on from leaving behind family, friends, and my country when I migrated with my family. In this piece, I've created a self-portrait in which my ideas and thoughts are spilling out of my head as colors and shapes. The eyes are meant to represent insecurities and expectations, the hands represent my hopes reaching out, the snake and birds represent my regrets, the fire the passion and spite that keeps me going every day, and the plants and clouds represent my love for life and my family. Even though my head is filled with dark thoughts, through art, I've found a way to turn them into something beautiful. "

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Pasyon High School

Brisa Castillo - Sophomore, 15 yrs old

"For this piece, I wanted to experiment using painting. I learned how to use different brush techniques to add texture and use different colors of shades. I decided to go for an antique look on the young lady's face, so I used color pencils to make the eyes and the cheekbones. For the lips, I used black, reddish-orange, and white paint to make them pop out and used the same colors for the hair to compliment the tree. I loved how the streak of light illuminating the tree turned out. I regret not using pastels to make her hair look better instead of taking a risk and using paint to add hair strokes. While making the stream, I was surprised at how realistic the water turned out, giving a sensation of the waves moving. Also, I was proud of how the fur of the squirrel made it look realistic. The teenager's black hair highlights and clothing symbolizes all the pain build-up inside an individual. Also how nature influences positivity, as a smile is forming on her face and her hair starts turning brighter. My whole purpose was to express how beautiful god’s creation is and how spending time away from the world and electronics can bring peace to our hearts. I also want to invite others to respect nature and be aware that there is life surrounding us, so it's our responsibility to keep the area clean and not cause any harm, like last year when there were a lot of cases of fires. That is what this art project was about."

Payson High School

Tatumn Coon - Senior, 18 yrs old

"I’m 18 years old and I’ve been drawing since I was 10. Over the years I’ve been getting better and a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to be an illustrator. I really enjoy drawing people, and all types of different people. I like to use different styles instead of focusing on just one, and I continue to change it up because as an illustrator you kind of have to depending on what the client wants. In all of my work, I try to show emotion in the character's faces and that’s why I enjoy it so much. In this piece, I drew a girl with burning wings in a storm. The girl is wearing a mask symbolizing what’s been happening in the world, and the wings symbolize freedom. She is trying to fly away from all of the chaos that's going on around her. For this piece I did a sketch, then I started to line it with a pen. I colored the girl with colored pencils, then I used markers for the background, and this was my first time using markers for something big so this was very new to me but I wanted to try something I wasn’t used to."

Olympus High School

Kelly Rice - Junior, 16 yrs old

"Art is important to me because it is always me to see the beauty in nature. Shen people go outside and don't take a closer look at what's around them or see the beauty of the outdoors, an artist can take that and see its potential beauty and create an amazing and beautiful piece of artwork."

Mount Ogden Junior High

Ella Reeves - 7th Grade, 12 yrs old

"Because of the arts the world is a better place. There are lots of different kinds of art in the world, music, dancing, drawing, drama, movies, and even gardening and making food. All of these things give people reasons to be happy and have a smile on their face. It makes boring places exciting."

Mountain Creek Middle School

Alex and Anna Paladini - 9th Grade, 15 yrs old 

"We are twin sisters, we paint together before and now during COVID. We call it A&A fashion. This Resilient theme is great for us, we both painted this painting of a guitar with a fun background with this theme in mind. Music is a very important part in life it brings happiness and joy to people everywhere."

Olympus High School

Sophia Siciliano - 9th Grade, 15 yrs old

"The theme of this competition inspired me to create a piece that resembles both growth and creativity. Because of the arts, people are able to have an outlet where they can express themselves. Taking time out of your day to reflect and practice gratitude is often overlooked, but extremely important and art allows you to do just that. This piece shows a girl grounding herself by doing yoga. The plants in the painting resemble growth and life. I want people to be able to look at this piece and feel empowered and a sense of joy. Art allows so much room for new ideas which has helped me grow throughout my life."

Payson High School

Kelsie Taylor - Junior, 17 yrs old

"I'm a 17 year old artist. I've been drawing for about seven years and I'm still trying to perfect my own style while learning to draw realistically. I also think nature is the best place to find inspiration, with everything that happened this year, I've found my inspiration and peace in nature. This piece focuses on finding that balance between my style and realistic. The piece is called "An Escape From Reality's Business." I wanted to show an artist breaking away from everything to just sit and watch the stars in searching for insipration. That is where I can just break away from everything and do something that makes me happy and I wanted to portray this in my piece. I love how the sky and the water flows like they are constantly swaying. I wish I could have done something different with the mountains, but I think they turned out okay. I created this piece by layering watercolor, colored pencils, and lead pencils. I also had to layer colored pencils onto the watercolor paper and I was surprised about the way that felt and how different it was from sketch paper. I don't usually work with watercolors but it was fun to explore new mediums and techniques. overall, I spent a lot of time on this piece and learning so many things."

Payson High School

Violet Andrew - Senior, 18 yrs old

"Emotion are an essential part of the human experience, and expressions are how we convey our emotions to those around us. This painting represents how, because of Covid, so much expression is lost behind our mask. While the eyes may be the windows to the soul, without the majority of a face for our brains to analyze, we remove the walls and curtains from those eyes, leaving them stranded in blank space. While exploring this concept, I found that these masks parallel the social expectation placed on us to remain emotionless, especially in regards to negative emotions, because it is seen as weakness. In my life, I have been able to turn to art as an outlet, and will for the rest of my life because art is for life. These extreme emotions are what I wanted the focus of this piece to be, however, when I first attempted the background I found that it was too distracting. I scrubbed it away and found that it had tinted the canvas behind it, leaving blank spaces where there had once been vibrant colors. As the water rolled off the canvas like tears off a face, I found it oddly symbolic of the way that extreme emotions can leave lasting impresssions, not only physically, but in one's soul once they pass through your life. I decided to leave the background in this state, colored, but uneven, missing pieces that had once been filled and found beauty in this subtractive art."

Payson High School

Reid Evans - Junior, 17 yrs old

"I mainly chose this because I thought since I had a project at home I was working on for a game, I decided that one of the characters could relate to real life situations. It was made with pencil and shades on certain parts. It is an original character I thought of in my head, it represents that people may have a dark side and even the background represents how obscure it may be to notice their dark side as well."

Payson High School

Amanda Memmott - Senior, 17 yrs old

"I'm a 17 year old artist. I've been drawing for about seven years and I'm still trying to perfect my own style while learning to draw realistically. I also think nature is the best place to find inspiration, with everything that happened this year, I've found my inspiration and peace in nature. This piece focuses on finding that balance between my style and realistic. The piece is called "An Escape From Reality's Business." I wanted to show an artist breaking away from everything to just sit and watch the stars in searching for insipration. That is where I can just break away from everything and do something that makes me happy and I wanted to portray this in my piece. I love how the sky and the water flows like they are constantly swaying. I wish I could have done something different with the mountains, but I think they turned out okay. I created this piece by layering watercolor, colored pencils, and lead pencils. I also had to layer colored pencils onto the watercolor paper and I was surprised about the way that felt and how different it was from sketch paper. I don't usually work with watercolors but it was fun to explore new mediums and techniques. overall, I spent a lot of time on this piece and learning so many things."

Payson High School

Alicia Martinez - Senior, 17 yrs old

"Emotion are an essential part of the human experience, and expressions are how we convey our emotions to those around us. This painting represents how, because of Covid, so much expression is lost behind our mask. While the eyes may be the windows to the soul, without the majority of a face for our brains to analyze, we remove the walls and curtains from those eyes, leaving them stranded in blank space. While exploring this concept, I found that these masks parallel the social expectation placed on us to remain emotionless, especially in regards to negative emotions, because it is seen as weakness. In my life, I have been able to turn to art as an outlet, and will for the rest of my life because art is for life. These extreme emotions are what I wanted the focus of this piece to be, however, when I first attempted the background I found that it was too distracting. I scrubbed it away and found that it had tinted the canvas behind it, leaving blank spaces where there had once been vibrant colors. As the water rolled off the canvas like tears off a face, I found it oddly symbolic of the way that extreme emotions can leave lasting impresssions, not only physically, but in one's soul once they pass through your life. I decided to leave the background in this state, colored, but uneven, missing pieces that had once been filled and found beauty in this subtractive art."

Ben Lomond High School

Alondra Sustaita - Junior, 16 yrs old 

"Art is a cure because it helps people Express themselves and helps people let their emotions out."

Ben Lomond High School

Taylor Cole - Junior, 17 yrs old

"Name of art: "inexpressible". This piece is showing how I express myself or my emotions through art because I can't express it with words."

Ogden High School

London Yeaman - Senior, 17 yrs old

"This artwork is an example of resilience in my life. Art impacts my life in a very good way, it helps me forget about the stress of life. I have a square brain and I get stressed out and have panic attacks a lot. But, when I'm creating art, I never feel stressed out and I actually have a lot of fun creating art."

Payson High School

Kelly Cobia, Senior, 17 yrs old

"My piece of art is titled “Gold and Glowing.” I chose to incorporate song lyrics into this to emphasize the message I was trying to convey. That idea is to remain a source of light in a shadowed world. The lyrics are from the song “Stay Gold,” by BTS. The words and meaning of the song really resonate with me, so including it into my work adds more of a personal connection. The song has the same theme as my piece, hence the title “Stay Gold.” This band in particular has positively influenced me in so many ways, and I wanted to pay homage to them while also sharing with others what they have to offer. To bring it to life, I used acrylic paints and alcohol markers. I rarely use paints, so going into this was slightly worrying. But it turned out better than I expected, so I am quite satisfied with the end product. Because of this, I want to pursue that media and improve in it. I also enjoyed writing the text in the background, it was time-consuming but at the same time stress-relieving. Overall making this work inspired me and opened my eyes to more possibilities I can explore in the future, and I hope that those who see my painting will feel a sense of peace and reassurance."

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