Many Voices, One Utah: Utah Martin Luther King Jr. License Plate Art Contest

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In honoring Dr. King’s legacy, the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission is hosting an art contest for the official state decal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. license plate. With an accompanying slogan of “Many Voices, One Utah,” the selected artwork will promote diversity, equity and human rights. The winner will receive an official decal and be formally recognized in January 2021 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Elibigility 

  • This contest is for 7th-12th grade students.
  • Students must have parent and/or guardian permission to participate.

Design Guidelines


Submissions must adhere to the following design guidelines: 

  • Digital format
  • Size: 3.875 inches x 3.25 inches
  • Maximum of six colors
  • Original design based on human rights
  • Due to copyright laws, any images or likeness to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is not allowed

Submission


Submit Your Art

Timeline


  • November 5, 2020 - December 4, 2020: Submission window open

    Online submissions are accepted during this period.

  • December 7, 2020 - December 9, 2020: Initial review

    The license plate committee will select the top eight designs for the public rating process.

  • December 10, 2020 - December 31, 2020: Public rating period

    The public will rate the finalists’ designs and provide additional comments.

  • January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021: Internal review

    The license plate review committee will review the results from the public rating period, select the design for the decal and notify the chosen artist.

  • January 6, 2021: Commission briefing (With Follow-up if Necessary)

    The Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission will be debriefed on the design process and the selected artwork.

  • January 2021: Public unveiling

    The winning artist will join members of the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission in a public unveiling of the decal sometime in January in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Questions?


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summoned the best qualities that have guided and sustained the American spirit while strengthening our nation’s commitment of equality, justice, freedom, and peace. He awakened the necessary goodness of all people and led a nonviolent movement that enriched our moral purpose as a nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. raised the consciousness of our country through his personal dream where all people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I believe this license plate will show that we are about the content of one’s character, and not the color of one’s skin. This license plate will show our nation that Utah is committed to equality, freedom, justice and peace!

Eddy Thompson | UTAH MLK Jr.HUman Rights COMMISSION 
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Contest Sponsors

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Utah MLK Jr. Human Rights Commission

The mission of the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission is to serve the people of Utah and involve all sectors—public and private—in a conscious effort to promote diversity, equity and human rights.

> Learn more about the commission.

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Legislative Support

The license plate has long been a goal for the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission, initially being proposed by the commission in 2012 and supported by former Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck. The bill for the special group license plate, which was sponsored by Rep. Sandra Hollins and Sen. Luz Escamilla, passed earlier this year. A huge thank you to former Rep. Chavez-Houck, Rep. Hollins and Sen. Escamilla on this monumental accomplishment to the community and the State of Utah.

> Learn more about the license plate bill.

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MLK LICENSE PLATE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE


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Neelam Chand

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission

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Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Utah Multicultural Commission

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Taylor Hartman

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission

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Rep. Sandra Hollins

Utah State House of Representatives

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Emma E. Houston

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission

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Dr. Roderic Land

Salt Lake Community College

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Simba Maponga

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission

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Nubia Peña

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

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Bridget Shears

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission

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Eddy Thompson

Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission


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