Four Freedoms: A 21st Century Interpretation-Submissions *Cancelled*

June 1

***Due to the disruption of Covid-19, Four Freedoms: A 21st Century Interpretation student art project has been cancelled for 2020. ***


Four Freedoms: A 21st Century Interpretation

 October 2, 2020- April 18, 2021

National Museum of the Pacific War

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The National Museum of the Pacific War invites all children ages 12-18 to participate in our showcase. What do the Four Freedoms mean to you in the world today? That is what this exhibit explores and encourages kids to discover for themselves. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2020

We are asking children ages 12-18 to submit their artwork showing their interpretation of one of the Four Freedoms. The selection Committee will select a total of 48 pieces of art to put on display. We have provided "Brain Builders" to help artists put their thoughts together before getting started on their pieces. These "Brain Builders" help explain what the Four Freedoms are and how an artist can use it in their piece. An artist might choose to reverse the freedoms on themselves to interpret the freedoms or switch the freedoms. For example, an artist could be inspired to use the "Freedom of Speech" as their freedom, but instead say their art partains to "Freedom from Speech." Another Example would be "Freedom from Want" but instead say "Freedom to Want." . The "Brain Builders" worksheet will help explain how to reverse said freedoms. 

HIstory of the Four Freedoms 

By the end of 1940, the German Army had taken over much of Europe and Great Britain was struggling to maintain its independence. In America, it was a time of isolationism. President Roosevelt understood the gravity of Britain's plight and their need for American support, however he still had to convince isolationist America. On January 6, 1941, in his annual State of the Union Address, President Roosevelt delivered the Four Freedoms speech, intended to convince the American public to be more engaged in the world.

Unfortunately, the Four Freedoms speech was not received well and failed to connect with Capitol Hill, journalists, and the American public. With continuous efforts from the White House, the Office of War Information, and artists, the Four Freedoms was given new vitality and importance.

After the war, through the work of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Four Freedoms became a significant component of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted December 10, 1948.

How To Enter.

  1. Read and understand the rules for creating and submitting art for this exhibit
  2. Fill out the online form and upload up to 5 JPEG images of the artwork

To submit art, the online form must be completed. This includes signing the Consent Indemnity either by printing off and scanning the form, or digitally signing using the online form. If parent/guardian does not consent the piece cannot be considered for the showcase. 

To enter your art in the showcase, please have a Parent/Guardian and Artist fill out this form. 

Rules to Enter

  • If 2D- Items must come to us ready to hang and must have a width of 2ft
  • If 3D- Art must be 2 sq/ft
  • Artwork must weigh 3lbs-5lbs maximum
  • Curse Words, nudity, and violent imagery are allowed if it pertains to the topic/subject matter of the particular freedom
  • This contest is available for all children, from the United States or abroad, within the ages of 12-18
  • Artists are only allowed to submit one piece of art
  • There is no entry fee for this contest. 
  • All artwork submitted must be original. No prints, giclees, or photography produced artwork will be accepted
  • Artwork cannot be original photography
  • The artwork must be created within the year of the deadline 
  • Do not send your submission to the museum unless the museum has informed you that your artwork has been selected for the showcase. 
  • Art will be submitted online-up to 5 photos of their artwork can be submitted.
  • The art must be created without assistance from anyone else 
  • The artist may choose to sign their artwork, there will be a label stating who did the piece so signing isn't necessary
  • Designs must not include company logos, product brands, or store names. 
  • Please know that art selected and sent to the museum will NOT be returned to the artist.

Medium Restrictions 

-No Bodily Fluids

-No Hazardous Materials

-No Food

-No Animals (live or dead) 

-No Hair or Fur

-No performance art, photography, film, or music

Submit Your Art Here!


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