HUD Strong Families Youth Art Competition


Ready, Set, Create Your Art!

Hello young people, parents, and PHA staff.  We hope that you are faring well during the COVID-19 crisis.  Given that many remain under stay-at-home orders, we wanted to help get young people up and moving to ease the boredom by doing something unique and creative.  Consider painting, drawing, sketching, or photography, and enter the first ever HUD Public and Indian Housing Youth Art Competition. (PIHArt). 

It’s easy! Simply encourage youth to submit their artwork (existing or new) through a photo image using the email. The HUD team will then review and judge all entries to select winners. The winners will be recognized, along with their artworks through HUD social media (pending parental consent). 

While you are being creative, encourage youth and households to also make their own face mask.  It’s a fun way to be safe and create wearable art—how cool! This video tutorial will assist you with making a face mask.  Youth can also include their wearable art as an entry in the competition. Let your minds and hands create!

Contest Information

Art pieces will be judged at the regional and national level, with all pieces being showcased in the HUD PIH Virtual Art Gallery display and select pieces showcased in the HUD HQ on-site exhibition. 

To participate, you should:

To be displayed as part of the competition, your artwork should: 

  • Be two-dimensional
  • No larger than 26 inches high by 26 inches wide by 4 inches deep, including any frame
  • Weigh less than 15 pounds

You can submit many types of art, including:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Printwork
  • Digital Art
  • Mixed Media

Timeline for PIH Youth Art Competition

  • Submit Art to PIHART@HUD.GOV by 5:00pm EST on July 31, 2020.
  • Judging and notification of winners will take place during August 2020.
  • Artwork to be displayed on-line due date TBD.

Questions? Email PIHART@HUD.GOV

Provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development