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Entry Requirements for Categories

There are three arts categories: Literature, Performance, and Visual Arts. Select from below for details.

Official Category Rules: LITERATURE

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Objective: To inspire, motivate, and encourage students in grades 3-Postsecondary to explore the impact of black leaders in Hillsborough County.

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Theme: An artistic interpretation expressing how the student has been inspired by a local black leader.

Literature is the art of writing. The author (student submitting entry) is a person who expresses his/her own thoughts and ideas through the use of words. Authors submit a single literary work, handwritten or typed, using grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling. Collections of literary work (such as poems and short stories) are not accepted.

Examples - Literature

Consider the following literary styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction: prose, poetry, essay, expository, narrative, and short story.

All entries will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

Acceptable Use of Type:

  • May be typed by another person as long as the original work or a copy of the original work is attached

Submission Requirements:

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Entry Requirements:
Each entry must be the original work of one student only. Because the contest is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, support from an adult or collaboration with other students is acceptable, but should be limited. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.

All participants must also follow Official Rules for participation.

Official Category Rules: PERFORMANCE

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Objective: To inspire, motivate, and encourage students in grades 3-Postsecondary to explore the impact of black leaders in Hillsborough County.

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Theme: An artistic interpretation expressing how the student has been inspired by a local black leader.

Performance is a form of creative activity that includes a variety of disciplines intended to be performed in front of a live audience such as drama, music, and dance.

Examples - Performance

1) Choreography is a creative process which explores movement possibilities with purpose and intent. The choreographer (student submitting entry) has the option of whether or not to perform in his or her production. Consider the following styles and ensembles to portray your original choreography: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Folk Dance, Ice Skating/Dancing, and Gymnastics-floor Routine. Consider use of background song(s), props, and the location to show a clear relation of the choreography to the theme.

2) Film Production is the process of making a film. The producer (student submitting the entry) is not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. All screenwriting, directing, camera/filming and editing must be done by the student producer.

Consider the following styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction:

  • Animation
  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Cinematography

3) Music Composition is the process of creating a new piece of music. The composer (student submitting entry) is a person who expresses his or her own thoughts and ideas through the use of sound. Student composers are required to perform and submit a video recording of their original composition. Middle and High School students are expected to provide a music score, tablature, or notation.

4) Skit/Monologue Performance

All entries will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

Suggestions for Audio/Visual Quality:

  • Use a tripod to hold the camera still
  • Make sure there is ample lighting, especially if shooting indoors
  • Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.)
  • Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the record volume or microphone location
  • Make sure the background music (if any) is audible on the recording
  • Allow for two seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recording

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit LEAD Student Contest Entry Form including a working URL or link to video performance
  • Only new, original entries inspired by the theme may be submitted
  • Video must not exceed four (4) minutes in length
  • Cite background music (if any) in the LEAD Artist Statement

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. Use of background music must be cited on the student entry form.

Entry Requirements:
Each entry must be the original work of one student only. Because the contest is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, support from an adult or collaboration with other students is acceptable, but should be limited. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only.

All participants must also follow Official Rules for participation.

Official Category Rules: VISUAL ARTS

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Objective: To inspire, motivate, and encourage students in grades 3-Postsecondary to explore the impact of black leaders in Hillsborough County.

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Theme: An artistic interpretation expressing how the student has been inspired by a local black leader.

Visual Arts include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) is a person who captures his/her own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art.

Examples-Visual Arts

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography (traditional or digital with or without editing)
  • Ceramics/Sculpture
  • Mixed Media (2D or 3D)
  • Fine Crafts (jewelry, stained glass, mosaic)

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit LEAD Student Contest Entry Form (include upload of one file with high resolution photos of project - maximum size is 7 megabytes)
  • Only new, original entries inspired by the theme may be submitted
  • 2D artwork must be mounted or matted on sturdy material and not exceed 11”x14” (mat included)
  • 3D artwork must be stable and not exceed 4’x 4’x4’ and 50 lbs

If you are selected as a semifinalist, your original artwork will need to be provided.

Unaccepted artwork includes:

  • Framed artwork
  • Artwork where theme is NOT evident
  • Artwork NOT mounted or matted on sturdy material
  • Artwork larger than approved dimensions
  • Missing or incomplete LEAD Artist Statement

All entries will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified. If the artist references a photo of a person or place, the artist must have taken the photo.

Entry Requirements:
Each entry must be the original work of one student only. Because the contest is designed to encourage and recognize each student’s individual creativity, support from an adult or collaboration with other students is acceptable, but should be limited. Only one student may be recognized as the award recipient for each entry.

All participants must follow Official Rules to participate.


* Reference: Rules and category language inspired by/borrowed from PTA Reflections.

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