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“What does democracy mean to you?” Project Guidelines & Rules


canvas on white wall with text visual art 4800x4800 px, 300ppi, PNG or JPG

Visual Art

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited.

  • Accepted dimensions: 4800 x 4800 pixels (wide x tall)

  • Accepted resolution: 300 pixels per inch (ppi)

  • Accepted file formats: PNG or JPG

You will also need the following for your submission:

  • Title

  • Visual description for accessibility

Reference & Template for Visual Art Submissions

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Written Word

  • Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also submitted.

  • Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 200 characters maximum and must be entered into the submission form.

You will also need the following for your submission:

  • Title

  • If your submission is not in English, please provide an interpretive English translation

Example for Written Word Submissions: 200 Characters

"A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was."


By submitting an artwork to the “What does democracy mean to you?” project entrants accept and agree to be bound by the Agreement for participation. Any violation of these rules may, at Dock C. Bracy Center Inc.’s discretion, result in disqualification.

All decisions of the reviewers regarding this Project are final and binding in all respects.

  1. ELIGIBILITY. Entrants must adhere to the General Guidelines and accept the Agreement.

  2. ARTS CATEGORIES. There are two arts categories—visual art and written word. Entrants may enter the “What does democracy mean to you?” project in one or both arts categories.

  3. ADULT & CHILD DIVISIONS. Entrants may enter in the appropriate division for their age (Adult: 18+; Youth: <18;).

  4. HOW TO ENTER. Entrants must submit via the “What does democracy mean to you?” Project form on the Dock C. Bracy Center Inc. website. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2024, 5:00:00 pm EDT (UTC-4).


  6. Only one piece of artwork, per arts category (visual art or written word), per entrant may be submitted.

  7. Only new pieces of artwork may be submitted.

  8. Each entry must contain a title. For visual art submissions, a written description for accessibility must be included.

  9. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 

  10. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

  11. NO OBSCENITIES, PROFANITIES, VULGARITIES. Please reference the following Associated Press guidelines at:


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