Call for Art

Inspire dialogue on criminal justice and police-community relations.

At this groundbreaking summit, "Speak Up, Speak Out," young people are leading the way. Among them are young artists who have always pushed the boundaries on policing issues. Visual art—whether its photography, painting, graphic design, illustration, or video—can move dialogue forward and inspire action. Your art can be part of this conversation. 

We welcome art from young New Yorkers between 10 and 24 years old that explore issues of policing, criminal justice, and police-community relations. 

At the Youth Summit, visual art will be displayed on easels. Recorded video pieces will be available for viewing on laptops. While artists are welcome and encouraged to attend, participating in the Youth Summit is not required in order for your work to be considered for exhibition.

Exhibit and Submission Information

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019

Exhibit Date: February 26, 2019

Exhibit Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Location: New York University, Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

Email images if you rwork or a link to your video and artist statement to by February 1, 2019. Please review the submission checklist below.

Submission Requirements

Visual Art

Two-dimensional visual works such as paintings, photography, or drawings may not exceed 25 inches in length and 35 inches in height, and should be easily hung on an easel.

Video and Recordings

Performance art such as spoken word poetry or dance pieces will be considered. These performances must be recorded in a screening-ready format not to exceed five minutes.

Submission Checklist 

Your submission package should be emailed to by February 1, 2019 in order to be considered. Please make sure that your submission package includes:

  • A cover sheet that includes your full name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.

  • A text file of your artist statement (100 words or less) that can be displayed with the piece. Name this file "lastname_firstname_statement."

  • Visual works: Include an image (JPEG, PNG, PDF) of the work. Name the image "lastname_firstname_title."

  • Video recorded works: Include a link to a Dropbox or Google Drive file. Name the video "lastname_firstname_title."

For questions about your submission, please email 

Additional Notes

If your work is accepted, you must be available to hang your work at the New York University Rosenthal Pavilion by 8:00 AM on February 26, 2019. Art must be retrieved between 4:00 - 5:00 PM on February 26, 2019. The Art Exhibit will be supervised by organizers of the Youth Summit between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on February 26, 2019 to assist artists with placing their work. The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and event organizers are not responsible for art not retrieved before 5:00 PM on February 26, 2019. 

Works displayed at the Youth Summit remain the property of the artist. By submitting art, the artist acknowledges that works accepted for the exhibit will be displayed without compensation. By agreeing to display art, the artist permits the City of New York, acting by and through the CCRB, to use the artist's name, photo, and images and video of the art collected at the Youth Summit, for educational, promotional, and other purposes (including, but not limited to CCRB's website, social media, printed publications, and audio-visual work). 

The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, its staff, event sponsors, and agents of these entities are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged art.