WASHINGTON, DC (April 10, 2019) - Blacks In Government Region XI Council invites students from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area to participate in the 2019 Youth Art Competition. The competition is open April 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019 and serves to help youth build their creative confidence.

Twelve (12) finalists will be selected and the student’s art work will be featured in the BIG Region XI Council 2020 Calendar. Three (3) grand prize winners will receive cash prizes, gifts, and will be invited to the 2019 BIG Region XI Council Awards Gala –December 1, 2019, where his/her artwork will be displayed. The first prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Region XI 2020 Calendar and the month of their choice.

Students ages 16-24 are encouraged to submit various styles of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces. The artwork must be original in design, no more than 15 lbs., no larger than 26” X 26” X 4” (including the frame), and be prepared for hanging. Each student may submit one (1) piece of artwork.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
• Collages: must be two dimensional
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, watercolor, etc.

• Digital: Computer-generated art
• Photographs

Students shall complete the 2019 Student Application online at ( The deadline for submission is May 31, 2019, at 6:00 PM. A parent or guardian, and the student, will need to provide a signature to certify the originality of the piece once notified as a finalist.

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2019 Oratorical
The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) sponsors a Training In Communications (TIC) program. The purpose of this program is to provide young people training in communication and leadership skills, and practical experiences to develop those skills. The TIC Program is composed of two parts: a) Communications Academy, and b) Student Oratorical Contest. The TIC targets 9th – 12th Grade students to compete for scholarships and awards.   Click here to download the Oratorical National information.

The TIC program enables BIG to make a positive contribution in the community, thus increasing the chapter’s visibility. It provides an excellent opportunity to share with others BIG’s mission and vision.

The Oratorical segment of the program concludes at BIG’s National Training Conference at the National Oratorical Competition. First place winners from Chapter Level with compete at the Regional Councils’ Oratorical Competition and First place winners will compete in the national competition. Students will receive awards (plaques and scholarships) for successfully preparing and presenting an original oration. The National Awards are: 1) First Place – Plaque and $1000, 2) Second Place – Plaque and $600, and 3) Third Place – Plaque and $400.

Regional winners will be selected before July 1, 2018 and submitted to the National Program and Planning Chair no later than that date.

2019 S.T.E.M.
The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) also sponsors the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC), which was formerly the Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The competition provides high school students with the chance to develop computer skills and demonstrate their expertise and creativity using the computer technology. It targets 9th - 12th Grade students to compete for scholarships and awards.

The computer competition allows chapters and regional councils to make a positive contribution in their community, thus increasing visibility. This provides an avenue for chapter and regional council members to participate in a worthwhile and increasing the chapter's/council's ability to recruit and retain members.  Click here to download the STEM National information.

The computer competition will occur at the BIG National Training Institute. First place winners from the chapter competitions compete at the regional level. Regional Councils' computer competition winners compete in the national contest. The national awards are: (a) First Place - Plaque and $1000, (b) Second Place - Plaque and $600, and (c) Third Place - Plaque and $400.

Regional winners will be selected June 22, 2019 and submitted to the National Program and Planning Chair no later than that date. 

Ages 16-24 Youth Art Competition!
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Helping you build your creative confidence
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