"My piece is inspired by an art installation called 'Red Dress Project.' It focuses around the issue of missing or murdered indigenous women. The red dress is a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us. It is hanging in the middle of the forest to draw attention and to (I hope) evoke a presence through the marking of absence." [Seeding Sovereignty by Madison Cully]


The annual Symbols of Hope art contest gives students in middle school and high school the opportunity to show their support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse and human trafficking in OKC. Of the entries, finalists will be selected by our partner agencies and posted to our Facebook page for voting. All finalists will be featured at an awards ceremony.

The purpose of Symbols of Hope is to promote a culture of peace, inclusion and hope through creative projects that inspire people to think, discuss solutions, and take positive action.


Artwork MUST be original and produced solely by the student. Entries should be two dimensional in any usual art medium: oils acrylics, pastels, pencil, charcoal, etc. Art must be presented on the poster provided. Original photography and computer generated art are permitted. Submissions MUST include a paragraph explaining the artwork and how it relates to the theme. Artwork that is not original and/or missing a paragraph explaining the piece will not be judged.

2020 Theme

“Thrive”: Entries may include but are not limited to visions of hope, imagery of flourishment, peaceful solutions to social problems, and ways to prevent violence.


Palomar’s employees and partnering agencies will judge artwork and decide which artists will be invited to the awards ceremony.


Open to middle and high school students in OKC and surrounding areas. The contest is free to enter.

Entry Deadline

January 31st 2020

Teachers interested in participating should fill out the form below.

We look forward to receiving your submissions! If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Kellen Mack at 552-1006 or [email protected]

Past Submissions