The Health Disparities Institute Annual Visualizing Health Equity Arts Contest

Call for Art Submissions!
Deadline: Extended to October 1, 2018
Read below contest terms and rules before applying!


The HDI works to advance health equity and reduce health disparities to ensure that everyone in Connecticut has the opportunity to enjoy good health and well-being.

HDI connects, supports, and serves resident and communities through individual, systems-level, and place-based strategies. We create rigorous evidence for action, build multi-sector coalitions, generate data that has practical use, and accelerate community-sourced innovations. We especially value social justice, youth input, and the power of art to amplify community voice and disrupt single stories about the truly underserved.


In keeping with HDI’s mission, this year’s contest theme focuses on Visualizing Health Equity among Boys in Men in Greater Hartford. We ask artists to respond to the question “What would a community, neighborhood, or world where boys and men of color have a fair opportunity to be their healthiest look like?” 


  • Must be a resident of Connecticut.
  • Students (high school and college) or community member.
  • Artists under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate or submission will not be entered into contest.

* State of Connecticut employees are not eligible to participate.


  • Visual and nonvisual art are welcome, but limited to drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media, collages, sculptures, and spoken word.
  • One submission per person.
  • You may submit previously-existing artwork, as long as you are the original artist.
  • All artwork must be accompanied by a brief written explanation that includes your:
    • name
    • city/town
    • school and grade level (high school students only), or college and year (college students only)
    • title of your artwork
    • Art Statement: Please submit a statement describing how your artwork visualizes a community, neighborhood, or world where boys and men of color have a fair opportunity to be their healthiest (1,500 to 3,000 character count limit)
  • Non-English language submissions are encouraged.


  • All artwork must be submitted in the following formats):
    • For visual art (JPG or PNG: high resolution files of at least 300 dpi, up to 3 multiple angles or showing close-up detail as appropriate.
    • For nonvisual art/spoken word: Submit a link to your YouTube video via our entry form. The video will be reviewed and then shared on our YouTube channel. Spoken word piece should be no more than 90 seconds.
  • Please include your first and last name in the file name of your submission.
  • By submitting your artwork for this project, you are granting non-exclusive lifetime permission for HDI to display, publish, and share your artwork in digital and print formats. This includes the written explanation you submit with your work. Full credit will always be given to the artist, and copyright will remain with the artist. Artwork submitted for this project will not be reproduced for purchase or profit.
  • To apply, complete the online Entry Form.


All entries will be evaluated based on originality, creativity, impact, clarity, style and structure. Eligible submissions, including the artist’s name and written explanation, will be displayed in a digital gallery on HDI’s website. Several entry winners will be chosen to present their work to state legislators, community leaders, physicians, researchers, the community at large and media at an in-person live gallery art show and reception. Artwork may also be installed in community organizations throughout Connecticut and featured in HDI’s permanent online gallery. Artists under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the live gallery event.


Prizes for selected winners are as follow:

  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100

HDI reserves the right not to display, publish, or share submissions that are inappropriate for our intended audience.


  • More convenient access to health care services in neighborhoods/communities
  • Reduced stigma associated with health conditions, such as mental health, HIV, etc.
  • Promotion of healthy living and healthy eating through access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods
  • Meaningful employment and long-term housing
  • Community based programs geared towards fathers and sons, such as parenting education and support groups
  • Community intervention strategies to break the cycle of violence and incarcerations

If you need help understanding these instructions or have questions,  please contact Trisha Pitter, Planning Specialist, at