HeARTwork Against Hate Contest

HeARTwork Against Hate Contest

Logo for O P H C Heartwork Against Hate Art Contest

The HeARTwork Against Hate is a creative initiative for New York City youth launched by the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in September 2020.

It is important to support young New Yorkers at a time of great stress resulting from the combination of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, school changes, scapegoating, and issues of systemic racism that have come to the fore. Inspired by OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates' annual Hate Crime Prevention Art Project, HeARTwork Against Hate provides another opportunity and platform for young New Yorkers to use artistic expression as an outlet.

All New Yorkers have a role in showing respect and standing up for others. Through HeARTwork Against Hate, the City’s youth can take a stand against all forms of bias, discrimination, and hate and use their creativity to communicate the positive values that make NYC great.

2020 HeARTwork Against Hate Contest


Thanks to a generous partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, eligible participants can win prize money, and their artwork will be featured on the OPHC website as well as digital displays across the city.

  1. First Place: $500
  2. Second Place: $250
  3. Third Place: $100
  4. Honorable Mentions (3): $50

Eligibility and Rules

  1. All art forms are eligible, including drawing, collages, paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry, computer graphics, 3D Art, etc.   
  2. All artwork must be original.
  3. Artwork must be related to the theme: “HeARTwork Against Hate.”
  4. Participants must be between the ages of 10 and 18 and be New York City residents.
  5. Dimensions for visual arts must be no larger than 11 inches x 20 inches, and no smaller than 8.5 inches x 11 inches.
  6. DEADLINE EXTENDED: All submissions (including photos of all hard copy artwork) must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. on October 31, 2020.

For general questions or concerns, please contact OPHC.

Standing Against Hate Through Civic Engagement

Our democracy and our communities are strongest when everyone gets involved. Hate crimes and bias attacks undermine the democratic principles and tenets of diversity and inclusion that are the foundation both of New York City and of the United States. New Yorkers of all ages play an important role in protecting each other and celebrating our democracy.

Learn more about Democracy NYC. Get involved, get registered, and stay informed about elections in your community.

Learn about Civics for All. The New York City Department of Education offers resources focused on teaching the foundations of American government and how the democratic process is necessary to build a more engaged, active citizen and informed voter.