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Open Call for COVID-19 Art, $500 Grants Available


Mini-grants of $500 are available to create art and multilingual messaging that inspires trust in the COVID-19 vaccine. Messages in foreign language are encouraged! Your art must include a tagline expressing the importance of vaccinations. Your art will support a public vaccination campaign in partnership with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Submissions in all languages are welcome. We are especially seeking submissions in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Chinese, Arabic, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Russian, Chin, Nepali, and Burmese. Translated Applications: l, Tiếng Việt, is, عربي தமிழ், తెలుగు, йनेपाली


Visual arts like graphic design, photos, paintings, and drawings are acceptable. All submissions must be original works of art. Artists must be based in Charlotte, N.C.

Draft designs/sketches are due on February 21. 

 Art Grant Details

  • The art will be used in combination with the Mecklenburg County Health Department Covid-19 Toolkit. Vaccine information is posted here.  You may use the facts and themes from the County website/toolkit in your work or as a resource.
  • Submissions must be original works of art. Visual arts like graphic design, photos, paintings, and drawings are acceptable. Artists must be based in Charlotte, N.C.
  • City of Charlotte and its partners may use the submitted images to highlight select artists and artworks in social media or other formats. Highlight does not guarantee a grant award. Artists will be credited.
  • See design specifications below. Final designs will be due March 1. Funding is contingent upon on-time submission and that the design and tagline are consistent with the sketch that was approved. It may take up to 30 days to receive the grant award.
  • If selected to receive a grant, you must register as vendor with an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) to receive payment from the City of Charlotte. Vendor registration instructions will be emailed to selected artists.
  • Design orientation should be square. Landscape or portrait orientations will not be accepted. See the sample above.
  • Sketches must be minimum 1200x1200 px, at least 96 dpi and maximum 4800x4800 px, 300 dpi
  • Acceptable formats: pdf, jpg, gif, tiff

  • Application with design sketch due: February 21
  • Application review: February 22-25 
  • Funding decision & artist notification: February 26
  • Final art due: March 8

Submissions will be rated on a 1, 3, 5 scale (1 low, 5 high) using the following criteria. One or more designs that meet the scoring criteria will be chosen from each of the languages submitted. When multiple designs are submitted in the same language, the design/s with the highest score will be selected.
  • Art inspires viewer to learn more about the COVID vaccine
  • Message encourages vaccination and/or to learn more about the vaccination
  • If facts about the vaccine are represented in the art or the message, the information is accurate
  • Application describes how the art will connect to the community it was designed to reach
  • Art submitted in response to request for representative images shows an ability to design inspirational art and/or art with a message.

The provisions of this paragraph shall apply to modify Artist’s rights of attribution and integrity as set out in the Visual Artists Rights Act, 17 U.S.C. 106A and 113(d) (“VARA”), and any rights arising under United States federal or state law or under the laws of another country that convey rights of the same nature as those conveyed under VARA, as against the City of Charlotte (“City”) and its agents. The City has absolute right to change, modify, destroy, remove, relocate, move, replace, transport, repair or restore the artwork contracted by this grant in whole or in part, in City’s sole discretion.

Apply here.

If you have any questions please contact:
Emily Yaffe 


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