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Black History Month 2024 | Youth Virtual Art Exhibition 

Virtual Exhibition
February 1- 29, 2024 

Call for Entries 

In celebration of Black History Month, Homer Watson House & Gallery is hosting a virtual youth art exhibition. Youth in grades 1 to 12 who identify as Black in the Waterloo Region are invited to participate. 

Submission Deadline: January 27, 2024 11:59pm EST 

Virtual Exhibition Information: 

  • Exhibition is online only, and will not be exhibited at the Gallery.
  • Artwork should be a creative reflection on community, black history and/or black excellence. 
  • Participants may submit a maximum of 2 artworks for consideration in JPEG or PNG format. 
  • Your $5 submission fee grants you up to 2 works of art for consideration.
  • Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 
  • Artwork should be original and created by a youth. It must not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity. 
  • Artwork will not be listed “for sale”.


This opportunity is open to those who: 

  • Submit artwork that is suitable and appropriate for public display (no profanity).  
  • Identify as Black. 
  • Are in grade 1 to 12 or equivalent. 
  • Are a resident of the Waterloo Region. 

Selection Process 

  • Submissions will be assessed by HWHG staff in two categories: Elementary (grades 1 to 8 or equivalent) or Secondary (grades 9 to 12 or equivalent).  
  • Homer Watson House & Gallery maintains the right to determine which works of art are appropriate for this exhibit. Artwork that includes profanity or lewd nature are not appropriate for this exhibit. 


1st Prize 

  •  Artist of the Month Feature in our newsletter and social media channels. 
  •  Certificate to a 1 day art class at HWHG. 

2nd Prize  

  • Certificate to a 1 day art class at HWHG. 


  • Payment options 
    Registrations are accepted in person, by mail, phone or online. Full payment must accompany your registration. Post-dated cheques and electronic transfer of money cannot be accepted. Submission fees are non-refundable. 
  • Important Dates 
    Notification of acceptance will be sent Tuesday Jan. 30, 2024 12 noon. 
  • Prizes will be announced Thursday February 1, 2024 12 noon. 
  • Do I need to bring my art in? 
    Submissions are only accepted electronically. This is a virtual exhibition meaning there will be no drop-off or pick-up of artworks at HWHG. 
  • Pictures of art 
    Artwork images are to be a maximum of 1MB each and properly cropped with no frames or backgrounds. 
  • We have more than 1 artist in the family 
    Please fill out a submission form for each artist.  

Please Note:  

Applicants who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact HWHG at least two weeks before the submission deadline to allow HWHG to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application. (519) 748 4377.

Black History Month Virtual Student Exhibition Submission 2024

  • Your $5 submission fee grants you up to 2 works of art for consideration.
  • First submission piece

  • Max. file size: 3 MB.
  • Second Submission piece (optional)

  • Max. file size: 3 MB.
  • Once you click the SUBMIT button, you will be able to complete your payment. Your $5 submission fee grants you up to 2 works of art for consideration.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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