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Calling all Artists, Creators and Visionaries!


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM),  a national effort focused on advocacy and education to prevent dating violence before it starts, and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) wants to raise awareness by hosting a
What is Love art contest!

Click here to download the contest promotional flier


How to Participate

The What is Love art contest is open to all Iowa High School students, ages 14-18. Participants can submit a piece of artwork that expresses their idea of "What is Love? Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. 


Entries can be submitted into two categories: 

  • 2D Art: painting, sketch, short essay, photography, digital or mixed media 

  • Video: spoken word poetry, skit, song or short film (maximum 3 minutes)

Click here to register and submit your original piece. Once you have registered on this page, a link to a Google Drive will be sent to the e-mail you list for you to upload your artwork. If you DO NOT see the link to the Google Drive in your Inbox, please check your SPAM/JUNK Folder. "The e-mail subject line will say UPLOAD LINK: What is Love Art Contest." All entries must be submitted digitally.

Partental Consent to Participate

All participants must have parental/guardian consent to enter. Click here to open the consent form and fill out. Participants can take a picture of the form after it is signed and send to Veronica at  There is no cost to participate. 


Three entries in each of the two categories will receive a cash prize. First place will be $200 and the second and third runner up will each receive $50. All participants will have their artwork highlighted on ICADV's digital and print platforms, awareness campaigns and a variety of promotional materials. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay at Deadline to participate is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

By raising awareness about teen dating violence, we can work together to help teens and young people have safe and healthy relationships. To learn more about teen dating violence and healthy relationships, click here.

Thank you for your participation!

This event was originally created by the New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence and adapted for ICADV's 2021 Teen Dating Violence Awareness youth engagement event.

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