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From January 4–31, artists are invited to submit designs for a library card & key fob celebrating Black American culture and history. The artwork and artist should have a connection to the Black American experience; preference will be given to artists with a connection to Brooklyn. Artists aged 13 and up are invited to submit their designs, those under 18 need permission from a parent or guardian to submit their design. 

How to submit your work: 

  1. Download the library card & key fob template here. The download includes multiple file formats, and options for the Brooklyn Public Library logo color.
  2. Create your card design. The artwork should celebrate Black American culture and history.
    • Artwork may be created in any medium or materials (photography, paint, found objects), but must be submitted digitally based on the template provided.
    • Artwork must be “print quality”, defined here as: a minimum of 300 PPI at 100% scale; digitally placed in the provided library card & key fob template; maximum files size 15 MB. Accepted file formats are: PDF, EPS, TIF, PNG, or JPG.
  3. Write your artist statement. In less than 500 words, tell us about yourself and the work you are submitting, you can also describe your connection to both Brooklyn and the Black American experience. There is an option to provide additional description or detail of your work in a separate section (300 words max).
  4. Fill out the submission entry form and upload your work. The form will be open for entries until 11:59 PM EST on Jan. 31, 2021. One submission per artist, please. 

Judging criteria

Submissions will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Thematic connection: How well does the submission, both in the artwork and artist statement, communicate and celebrate Black American culture and history?
  • Creative expression: The unique and individual approach to the topic and format. 
  • Artistic merit: Technical and artistic skill.

Preference will be given to artists with a connection to Brooklyn. 


  • Submissions that are not original works, or contain copyright imagery will be disqualified.
  • Only one submission per person. Only the first entry from each artist will be considered, and any further entries will be disqualified. 
  • Artwork that is not formatted to fit the provided template, or which excludes the Brooklyn Public Library logo will be disqualified.

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