"What does home mean to you?"

That's the inspiration of a new art contest open in Cedar Rapids that was launched in an effort to offer educational opportunities for all students who are U.S. citizens or non-citizens, homeschooled, virtual learning or in person. The intent is to also promote the ideas that 'fair housing is everyone's right to choose housing free from discrimination' and 'engage students about fair housing by providing them the opportunity to creatively educate the Cedar Rapids community'. 

"Home and Belonging: What Home Means To Me"  encourages students to submit pieces of art for approval that meet that theme, and those can include a poster for grades K-8 or a spoken word or written entry for 9-12.

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The funds will be awarded in a College Savings Iowa 529 Plan and can be used for any "qualified educational institution in the US or abroad, including 4-year colleges, community colleges, trade and vocational schools, graduate schools, and online degree programs". In each category, contest winners will be awarded $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and entries will be judged virtually by a panel of professionals. Final judging will take place on April 8 for grades 9-12 and on April 15 for K-8.

Winners will be announced on April 21 during the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission meeting. To learn more about what submissions should entail, and get the applicant entry form, visit CBS2 or click here.

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