NEW alongside Your Global Future!

The arts are an essential part of building civic engagement and community cultural health, as well as individual identity and wellness. And here in Kansas City, we know that the arts are dynamic, vibrant, and diverse. In honor of Kansas City youth’s boundless creativity, the International Relations Council invites high school students to use art as the conduit to investigate and express themselves through international topics.

One first place winner from both the art and written categories will win a $250 prize. Check out more important information below.

Registration Required. Final deadline for drop-off, mail, and email admissions is Friday, December 1.

2023 Prompt

Considering one international event or issue, use art or written word to depict how humans are

working together to be resilient and create positive change in the world.


Rules and Regulations:

  • Participants must be actively enrolled in grades 9-12 at a Your Global Future high school
  • Entry is limited to one submission per student
  • Art must be two-dimensional
  • All works must be made on, or formatted to fit on 11″x 17″ paper
    • Works will be placed in 11″ x 17″ protective plastic sleeve for exhibition
  • Essays and poems must not exceed 500 words
  • All works must be original
  • All works must address prompt
  • All submissions must include title, name of student, contact number, school, and grade on back of submission, or in email
    • Creators can include an Artist Statement (100 word max) along with their works. This Artist Statement will be included in the digital exhibition.
    • Artist Statement Resource
  • All works must be submitted to the IRC through drop-off, the mail, or scanned and emailed to IRC by December 1

    • Drop-Offs will be accepted at Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. Suite 201 Kansas City, MO 64108
      • Saturday, September 23 from 12pm to 2pm
      • Saturday, November 18 from 12pm to 2pm
    • Mail: 30 W. Pershing Rd. Suite 201 Kansas City, MO 64108
    • Email:

Important Notes:

  • Participation is FREE
  • Registration is required
  • Submissions that do not follow the specified rules and regulations may be subject to disqualification
  • IRC is not responsible for damaged art if the submission is sent through the mail
    • Students will not be penalized during judging for damage incurred in the shipping process
  • In submitting work, the student consents to share art and words in IRC marketing
  • Priority display will be given to students present at Your Global Future and seniors
    • All submissions will be entered into contest and featured in digital gallery
  • After Your Global Future, art can be retrieved by the artist at IRC offices in Union Station

Please contact Chloe Thomas, Global Education Coordinator, with any questions!


One student in each of the Art and Written categories will be selected to receive a $250 prize. Winners will be selected by the Judging Committee – composed of industry experts and the IRC Education Committee – based on merit, adherence to prompt, and creativity. Winners will be notified in January 2024 and sent a check.