Through Our Eyes: Teens respond to A 11 & 12


Through Our Eyes: Teens respond to August 11th and 12th and its Aftermath

A mixed arts competition and exhibition for teenagers set up by Cescah Grazioli (a junior at St. Anne’s Belfield) and hosted by The Bridge.


After August 11th and 12th, 2017, Charlottesville launched a national conversation about racial violence, equality, and the long-lasting effect of the Lost Cause Monuments.  A wide array of people have discussed the meaning of that day, everyone striving to be heard amidst the onslaught of opinions and emotions. among these opinions, teenage voices are continually overlooked: Dismissed as uninformed or isolated from the event, very few teenage voices have risen above the adults’. We want the opportunity to hear the voices of those who grew up in Charlottesville and have witnessed its shortcomings and its growth.

Call for Contributors

We are looking for any and all teen art focused on the impact and effects of August 11th and 12th.  We invite you to be passionate, to speak the truth, and to be heard. This competition will bring to light the opinions and beliefs of the teens, as well as expand our local arts community to include youth.  The competition is open only to students, grades 9-12, in Charlottesville/Albemarle County/homeschooled high schools. The winner and runner up of the visual arts section and the writing/performance section will receive prize money. The winners will receive $100, and the runners up, $50.

We welcome all, but not only, artwork that depicts:

  • A changed view of the city or its community as it relates to Charlottesville during or after August 11th and 12th. A raised awareness of issues of social justice.
  • Any kind of awakening of one’s racial identity as it relates to Charlottesville during or after August 11th and 12th.
  • Feelings of confusion, fear, or terror, as they relate to Charlottesville during or after August 11th and 12th.
  • Personal accounts of the event and the emotions/thoughts that emerged with it.
  • A new view of education and how it relates to Charlottesville during or after August 11th and 12th.

How will this work?

  • You must submit a finished piece OR an idea for a piece by the JANUARY 31st, 2019 DEADLINE.  You may submit up to FIVE works.
    • See “How do I submit?” section for more details.
  • A jury (made up of teenagers from Charlottesville/Albemarle high schools) will consider each work and will chose those most appropriate for the theme and goal of the exhibit.  (You will receive an email if you are to be included.)
  • After all the artwork has been completed and submitted, the same jury will choose the two winners and runners up.
  • If you are selected, please arrange to bring your works to The Bridge on February 27th or 28th.
  • The exhibit will open on March 1st and remain there through the month of March at The Bridge, free to the public.  On the opening night, students who submitted writing, music, or dance will be invited to perform their works. (For music, we will have access to a keyboard, otherwise you must bring your own instrument.)
    • There will be food! Bring your family and friends for the prize reveal!
  • Contributors must arrange to remove their items on March 31st.

What will be accepted in the competition/exhibition?

All art, including:

  • Photography
  • Drawing/painting
  • Writing (poetry, spoken word, fiction, nonfiction, etc)
  • Music
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Film

How do I submit?

    • If photography, include a high resolution copy of the image.
    • If drawing, painting or sculpture, take a picture of your work and include it in the submission.  Additionally, include the dimensions of your work.
    • If writing, include an attached file of your work (Google Docs, PDF, or Word file)
    • If dance or film, include a video file of your work.
    • You must submit TWO SAMPLES of your other work and a SHORT STATEMENT (4-5 sentences) outlining your idea by the January 31st deadline.  If it is approved by the jury, you must finish and submit your work by FEBRUARY 26th.
  • Please provide your name, age, grade, school, email, and a short 1-2 sentence biography (optional).
  • Please include a short description of your work’s goal and how it connects to August 11th/12th (3-4 sentences).  **If you’re submitting an idea, this should be included in your outline.**

Send all submissions to AND