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Create a welcoming, kind, and just world.

Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you.

We are in an extraordinary moment – a moment of extreme hardship but also infinite possibility. The role of the arts (and inspiring the next generation of humanity) has never been more important. 

Now is the time to paint a picture of a more just and compassionate world, where we stand up to injustice and embrace community spirit.

Yard Sign Design Contest

Use your creativity to draw your idea of a welcoming and kind community, what bravery and standing up to injustice looks like, and how we can inspire generosity and community spirit to take care of one another.


As a kickoff to Creative Action’s end-of-year fundraising campaign and during National Bullying Prevention Month, we are launching the EVERYONE BELONGS Yard Sign Design Contest! Through this initiative, youth are encouraged to use their creativity to express their idea of a welcoming and kind community, what bravery and standing up to injustice looks like, and how we can inspire generosity and community spirit to take care of one another.


The contest is open to youth in the Greater Austin area in the following age groups: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-9th, and 10th-12th grades.


Youth may submit an 8 1/2 x 11 hand drawn and/or a digital design. Landscape orientation is required. One winner per age group will be chosen and the winning designs will be made into yard signs, which will be distributed to Creative Action supporters and to the broader community.

Designs must not include any copyrighted photos, artwork, or slogans. Designs must also not include the Creative Action or Everyone Belongs logo (these will be added to the winning designs at a later date).

One entry per person will be accepted.

To submit a design, complete the entry form below and upload a high-resolution scan/photo of the artwork. The artwork file should be JPG, PNG, or PDF format.


Entries will be accepted through November 30, 2020.

A winner will be awarded in each of the four age groups and will:

Have their design printed on 100+ yard signs distributed throughout Greater Austin

Receive a framed copy of their winning artwork

Receive gift bags with prizes worth $100+

Be publicly acknowledged on the Creative Action website and social media platforms

Questions? Email

We’ve created interactive prompts for parents, educators, and youth to help inspire your yard sign! These worksheets are designed for the four specific ages groups, but you can use any or all of them to help you think about why kindness is important, what standing up to injustice looks like, and how we can make others feel safe.

Yard Sign Design Contest Terms & Conditions
Submissions must be sent no later than 11:59p on Saturday, October 31, 2020. To submit your entry, complete the form below and attach a high-res scan/photo of the artwork. Artwork file should be a JPG, PNG, or PDF format.

Selection of Winners: Winning entrants will be notified via the email address listed on their registration form. Once all designs have been submitted, a selection committee will determine one winner per age group. Winners will be notified within two weeks following the submission deadline.

Creative Action reserves the right to edit or reject any yard sign entered into the contest. Parents/guardians agree that by submitting their entries in the contest, they give up the right to any compensation for their possible use as a public service announcement or on any other media, social media, news outlet, printed publication, or any additional viewing source. The winning entrants agree to use their photos on social media and other such outlets owned or operated by Creative Action. Please note that Creative Action will add the Creative Action and Everyone Belongs logos to all winning yard signs.


Grammy award-winning band The Black Pumas    Singer/songwriter Sara Hickman    KUT’s “Morning Edition” host and producer Jennifer Stayton    SixSquare Executive Director Pam Owens  •  Texas State Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain    Bangers Restaurant Owners Laura and Ben Siegel    Head Scene Designer for Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin Karen Maness

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