Youth Art Contest and More Info on 2016 Fair!

Dear Youth, Families, Education Workers, and Community,
We are excited to share this year’s theme and open the call for workshop proposals. Visit our website to read about our theme: Upset the Setup!, and to submit a brief workshop proposal. **Proposal deadline extended to September 21st! **
Youth Art Contest

Calling all youth artists! Share your artwork with fair participants this year!

1) Design an image for this year’s fair reflecting the theme, “Upset the Setup!” The chosen artist will receive an award of $150. Image should work as one-color design (for t-shirts) but can be submitted as a multi-color artwork. Deadline to submit is September 16th.

2) Share your artwork at this year’s fair! We will be holding space for any and all youth artists to display and/or offer artwork for sale. Artist’s will keep 100% of anything sold. If interest is there, we may organize a pre-fair exhibition at a local venue to display artwork for a longer time period. Any and all mediums are welcome and we will do our best to accommodate.

To submit to artwork for the contest or for exhibition please send us a digital copy of your work at

Volunteer for the Fair!
We need volunteers! Earn service hours and/or meet new people committed to education justice. Are you multi-lingual? Tech savvy? Ready to do whatever? From Hunger Management to the Reboot Crew, there are opportunities for all skills and schedules. 
Here are a few options for getting involved, depending on your interest:
  1. One-Time Volunteer: Put in a few hours during the Fair or at pre-or post-fair events.
  2. Committee Volunteer: Work with a small team to bottom-line a core aspect of the Fair’s work. For example–logistics work (securing food donations) or contributing to growing one of the following tracks (Tracks are organized by groups of folks who recruit workshops and make space at the fair that center particular issues.) The following are tracks that folks are already working on this year:
    • Youth Activists Summit (aka Youth Track)
    • Parents and Families Track
    • In-School Organizing Track
    • Adult Basic Education/Adult Learner Track (new!)
    • Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Track (new!)
    • Ethnic Studies (new!)
    • And? If you feel passionately about organizing a track at the fair, contact us!
  3. Big Picture Volunteer: Attend regular meetings (bi-weekly) with the Organizing Team to ensure all parts of the Fair are accounted for and successful.
For more information, contact or fill out this volunteer interest form.  
Tabling at the Fair
Visit our website to submit a tabling proposal if your organization would like to table at the fair.
Tabling will take place throughout the day of the fair, with the day starting at 8am. You are welcome to arrive as early as 7:30am to begin set-up. Busiest times for tabling will be during breakfast, lunch, and transition times between workshops. We’ll provide more details as it gets closer .
*$20 suggested donation (to help defray the costs of the fair).


Sponsor the Fair
The fair is now in its fifth year and has grown exponentially since its inception, with more than 700 participants last year and around 50 workshops. With our growing capacity as an organization, we are planning to put on an even bigger and better fair this year. To coordinate (all volunteer) such a large event, keep it free, serve nutritious, local food, and provide quality childcare, we need a community effort!
If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring the fair, please email Contributions to the fair can include money, food or drink, volunteer people power, support for outreach, materials, or other kinds of contributions! All co-sponsors are listed in our program, on our website, and will have a reserved area to table, if desired.
Keep an eye out throughout the summer for updates on the keynote, location, registration, and more!
In Solidarity,
The Social Justice Education Movement

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