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MCEC's Call for the Arts is Celebrating 20 years! Since2002, thousands of military-connected children from all over the world, representing every branch of service, have shared their personal experience through art. Using many different media (paint, pencil, photography, performance, etc.), youth of all ages have shared their lives, experiences, hopes, and dreams. For our 20th celebration, the theme is CELEBRATION! 

Using art in any of its forms, share how you celebrate (party, music, food), what you celebrate (family, friends, reunion), and why it is important to celebrate in 2022.


Theme Ideas to Consider:

  • Reflections on past celebrations in your life 
  • Celebrating cultures you’ve experienced as a military child
  • Celebrating your military parents or family
  • Celebrating overcoming challenges
  • Celebrating your future, your community, your military lifestyle, your teachers, or your school 


Eligibility + Submission Requirements

  • Open to children in grades K-12 
  • All submissions must reference life as a military-connected child
  • Only original work will be accepted (no copies of artwork/song/video)
  • All submissions should be titled; if not, MCEC may title the work
  • Creative writing, poetry, or prose must not exceed 500 words
  • The branch of armed services being artistically represented must be identified


Submissions will be accepted from January 20, 2022 - March 20, 2022. 


The Entry and Release Form provided by MCEC must be completed in full, signed, and attached with the submission. Both digital and physical submissions must be accompanied by a release form or will not be considered. If artwork is selected for publication, entrant may be asked to submit a photograph of themselves to be published with their work.

All submissions must be emailed to
OR mailed to:
Call for the Arts
Military Child Education Coalition
909 Mountain Lion Circle
Harker Heights, TX 76548



Submission Requirements and the Entry/Release Form for 2022 coming soon.

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