Competitions & Contests

I AM...

Entry Dates 2021-02-28T23:59:00 - 2021-01-18T00:01:00 32 Days Left


I AM...

The Center of Latter-day Saint Arts is pleased to announce a new program of grants for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists and scholars. Twenty (20) grants of $500 each will be awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, designers, choreographers, filmmakers, dramatists, and scholars for works that can be distributed digitally via our website and/or social media platforms in the near future. This Call for Submissions is available to anyone worldwide who: 1) self-identifies as part of the Latter-day Saint community; and 2) self-identifies as BIPOC. 

The eternal dimensions of personal identity have been articulated by the Center’s Race Diversity & Inclusion Committee: “I AM… in essence means the God who was, who is, and who will be; whose complexity is difficult to articulate and understand, who is described in infinite and eternal terms. The origin of who we are is also infinite and eternal.” 

The purpose of this call is to extend an invitation to submit artwork to reflect the difficult to articulate complexities you possess. Those parts about you that make up who you were, who you are, and who you will be which will broaden the diversity of global voices and their stories in Latter-day Saint culture. It follows the Center’s statement of BIPOC commitment issued June 2020, which can be read here and the subsequent formation of the Center’s Race, Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 


Beginning of Opportunity: January 18, 2021 
Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2021 
Notification of Winning Grants: March 15, 2021 

Before submitting a proposal, we encourage potential applicants to review the projects already completed by the Center to avoid duplication and to understand the scope of our activities and mission. The most recent grant projects of similar nature were Art for Uncertain Times, and Art for Uncertain Times: The Next Generation, in 2020 [link]. 


Prepare a written proposal of less than 250 words describing your vision of the work you intend to create and note how it addresses themes of racial identity. Each artist or scholar may submit one (1) proposal.
It must be original and created specifically for this project, I AM…
Additionally, include your biographical information, which may note previous work or qualifications, website or social media handles, and please provide a photo of yourself.
Note when you believe the finished work could be completed. 
Save the above as a PDF or DOC file, register at, and upload your submission file in the call I AM...
Deadline: Submissions may be sent immediately and are due no later than February 28, 2021. 
All applicants will be notified of proposal results by March 15, 2021.
Distribution of grant funds will occur upon the completion of the works.


The jury will be composed of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
We seek a diversity of voices in winning grants. 
The project will be administered by the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts with counsel of the Center’s Race, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Jurists may submit proposals; they will not vote on their own submissions. 


The selected grant recipients will provide work that can be shared digitally. 
Artists/scholars will keep the original work and retain all copyright of their works, and they will permit the Center to share the works on our website and social media channels. 
The Call for Submissions is open to all worldwide who self-identify as part of the Latter-day Saint community and self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
Questions about the submission process can be addressed to: with the heading “Submissions Query.” has created a tutorial video that may be helpful.