Express Your Vote!

Express Your Vote!

Virtual Art Show

#ExpressYourVote CALL FOR ARTISTS

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The League of Women Voters of San Diego (LWVSD) announces a call for artists for its #ExpressYourVote online exhibition! We are seeking creative works that artistically represent the LWVSD’s positions, combat voter apathy, and get people to become confident voters. Artworks must exemplify and promote one or more of the following League of Women Voters’ positions or campaigns for the California November 2020 ballot.

Prop 15  Schools & Communities First -- YES
Prop 16  Opportunity for All -- YES
Prop 17  Restore Voting Rights -- YES
Prop 18  Voting Rights for 17-Year Olds -- YES
Prop 19  Property Tax Breaks -- NO
Prop 20  Rollback onf Criminal Justice Reforms -- NO
Prop 24  Consumer Data Privacy -- NO
Prop 25  End Cash Money Bail -- YES
Be An Informed Voter
Use your voter voice
Track your ballot

Please note that artworks must focus on the above positions or campaigns and may not include the names or depictions of any candidate running for office.  To understand LWV positions please refer to the LWVC Ballot recommendations found hereArtwork may not include advocacy of any position on a proposed piece of legislation or measure outside of those positions mentioned above.

Entries welcome from artists in California from all backgrounds regardless of gender, age, or artistic experience. The art can be composed from all mediums, including but not limited to photography, quilting, zine-making, illustration, music, video, etc.   

The challenge of this exhibit is to #ExpressYourVote and inspire viewers to learn more about the ballot measures we face and the importance of voting in this election. Artists selected for the exhibition will gain recognition through being featured, and tagged if desired, on the League of Women Voters of San Diego’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels. In addition, the League may use the images in their online communications, The Voter, which is sent out to around 2,000 subscribers monthly. 

Take up to 3 photos or record 1 video up to 3 minutes of your work and submit the photos or video with your registration form and agreement to the exhibition’s Terms and Conditions (below). For questions, contact marketing [at] lwvsandiego.org

Application open: Sept 4
Deadline: Oct 5, 2020, 11:59pm Pacific Time. 
Opening: Saturday Oct 10 4:00 pm 

 

FAQS:

 

  1. Is there a fee to enter?
    No

  2. Can I enter multiple times?
    Yes

  3. Can my artwork address a ballot proposition or aspect of voting that the League of Women Voters does not have a position or campaign on?
    No. The artwork must address one or more of followingLeague of Women Voters’ positions or campaigns for the November 2020 ballot

Prop 15  Schools & Communities First -- YES
Prop 16  Opportunity for All -- YES
Prop 17  Restore Voting Rights -- YES
Prop 18  Voting Rights for 17-Year Olds -- YES
Prop 19  Property Tax Breaks -- NO
Prop 20  Rollback onf Criminal Justice Reforms -- NO
Prop 24  Consumer Data Privacy -- NO
Prop 25  End Cash Money Bail -- YES
Be An Informed Voter
Use your voter voice
Track your ballot

Please note that artworks must focus on the above positions or campaigns and may not include the names or depictions of any candidate running for office.  To understand LWV positions please refer to the LWVC Ballot recommendations found here. Artwork may not include advocacy of any position on a proposed piece of legislation or measure outside of those positions mentioned above.

  1. Can my artwork endorse or oppose any candidate?
    No, artworks may not include the names or depictions of any candidate running for office. 

  2. Are they any content restrictions?

Yes, although this program brings a new view and perspective to our audiences and widens our audience, we do not tolerate the use of violent, disparaging, or discriminatory language and images on our social media platforms. Please note not to depict any likeness of political figures in your work.

  1. Are all artistic mediums acceptable?
    Yes

  2. What does one get if their artwork is selected?
    Artists selected for the exhibition will gain recognition through being featured, and tagged if desired, on the League of Women Voters of San Diego’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels. In addition, the League may use the images in their online communications, The Voter, which is sent out to around 2,000 subscribers monthly.

  3. Can I share my work on my own social media?
    Of course, just use the hashtag #ExpressYourVote and tag @lwvsandiego and @lwvsdyouth

  4. Are all entries guaranteed to be featured on the League of Women Voters social media platforms?
    No, the League of Women Voters of San Diego reserves the right to select the entries for showcase.

  5. How do I enter? 

    1. Take up to 3 photos or record 1 video up to 3 minutes of your work following the Image and Video File Requirements. 

    2. Fill out the Registration form and agree to the exhibition’s Terms and Conditions.

    3. Upload the photos or video

    4. Submit!

  6. What are the Image and Video File Requirements?

    1. Image Requirements

      1. Must be 72 dpi or higher. No more than 300 dpi.

      2. Minimum 750 x 750 pixels, max 1080 x 1080 pixels

      3. File size: limited to 1MB per image.

      4. File named with name and artwork title (yourname_artworktitle)

      5. File type: .jpg or .png

    2. Video Requirements

      1. Recommended resolution: 1080 x 1920. Minimum Resolution: 720

      2. Aspect ratio: 9:16 (recommended), or 16:9 is also supported. 

      3. File Size: Under 650 MB

      4. Frame rate: 30fps max

      5. File type: .mp4

      6. Video: H.264 video compression, high profile preferred, square pixels, fixed frame rate, progressive scan

      7. Audio: Stereo AAC audio compression, 128kbps + preferred

      8. File named with name and artwork title (yourname_artworktitle)

      9. Up to 3 min length

Terms and Conditions

  1. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

  2. This contest is hosted by the League of Women Voters of San Diego.

  3. Entries must be submitted by Oct 1st 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

  4. Contest open to all ages. 

  5. Entrants must live in California. 

  6. To enter, entrants must create an artwork that addresses one or more of following League of Women Voters’ positions or campaigns for the November 2020 ballot:

Prop 15  Schools & Communities First -- YES
Prop 16  Opportunity for All -- YES
Prop 17  Restore Voting Rights -- YES
Prop 18  Voting Rights for 17-Year Olds -- YES
Prop 19  Property Tax Breaks -- NO
Prop 20  Rollback onf Criminal Justice Reforms -- NO
Prop 24  Consumer Data Privacy -- NO
Prop 25  End Cash Money Bail -- YES
Be An Informed Voter
Use your voter voice
Track your ballot

Please note that artworks must focus on the above positions or campaigns and may not include the names or depictions of any candidate running for office.  To understand LWV positions please refer to the LWVC Ballot recommendations found here. Artwork may not include advocacy of any position on a proposed piece of legislation or measure outside of those positions mentioned above.

  1. Take up to 3 photos of the artwork or record 1 video maximum 3 minutes long. Images and video must adhere to the following requirements:

    1. Image Requirements

      1. Must be 72 dpi or higher. No more than 300 dpi.

      2. Minimum 750 x 750 pixels, max 1080 x 1080 pixels

      3. File size: limited to 1MB per image.

      4. File named with name and artwork title (yourname_artworktitle)

      5. File type: .jpg or .png

    2. Video Requirements

      1. Recommended resolution: 1080 x 1920. Minimum Resolution: 720

      2. Aspect ratio: 9:16 (recommended), or 16:9 is also supported. 

      3. File Size: Under 650 MB

      4. Frame rate: 30fps max

      5. File type: .mp4

      6. Video: H.264 video compression, high profile preferred, square pixels, fixed frame rate, progressive scan

      7. Audio: Stereo AAC audio compression, 128kbps + preferred

      8. File named with name and artwork title (yourname_artworktitle)

      9. Up to 3 min length

  2. Submit the photos or video to the #ExpressYourVote Registration Form.  

  3. The League of Women Voters San Diego will select entries for the online #ExpressYourVote showcase based on the following criteria:

    1. Artwork exemplifies and aligns with one or more of the League of Women Voters’ positions or campaigns for the November 2020 ballot in an inspirational, humorous, eye-catching, or otherwise creative way.

    2. Quality of the artwork

  4. Entrants selected for the online exhibition will be notified by Oct 4th. 

 

League Background

A bit about the League of Women Voters of San Diego:

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a 100-year-old organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Our organization was formed by suffragists as women won the right to vote in various states, and it became clear that the 19 th Amendment would be ratified. These suffragists realized that if the new women voters did not have a good understanding of how government and politics worked, or if they did not have reliable, accurate information on ballot measures and candidates, then the right to vote was meaningless. Women would still be dependent upon those around them—mainly their husbands, fathers, and brothers—to tell them how to vote. In such a case, the women’s vote could not reflect the needs and desires of the women themselves. 

So LWV was formed to equip those new women voters with the information they needed to become informed and engaged voters that knew how to advocate for their own interests. 

Today, LWV membership has expanded to welcome anyone age 16 and over, regardless of gender identity or voting status. A desire to sustain a healthy, strong democracy is all that is needed. 

The founders of LWV made the important decision, 100 years ago, to be a nonpartisan organization. This means that LWV never endorses any candidates or political parties. This is one of the core tenants of League involvement and we have held fast to this policy even as our country has devolved into unabashed partisanship, and even when it seems an unpopular stance. Our nonpartisanship has allowed us to build the reputation and respect that we have today and allows our League voice to be heard above the tumultuous political din. 

But make no mistake—LWV is, fundamentally, a political organization. We take positions on issues, advocate for legislation, and express our opinions on ballot measures and propositions. However, we do this after careful study and consideration of each issue. LWV also speaks with one voice and that voice comes from the President of the particular level of League. For example, Deborah Ann Turner is the President of LWV United States (LWVUS) and speaks for the League on all federal level issues. Meanwhile, our President here at LWV San Diego (LWVSD), Lori Thiel, is the spokesperson for our League on issues that involve the City of San Diego and the southern portion of San Diego County. 

Should Lori or any other League member wish to speak to a national issue, such as immigration, that League member must follow the positions of LWVUS. Should individual League members wish to advocate on an issue differently than League or wish to support a particular candidate or political party, they are free to do so but simply may not indicate that they represent the League in any manner during such advocacy.  The takeaway from all this is really just that LWV is deliberate in the positions we take and as such we must always be sure that our advocacy is in line with our policies of nonpartisanship and speaking with one voice. To do so ensures that the League of Women Voters will be a strong and influential organization well into the next 100 years.