Youth Service and Engagement in 2020: A Year in Review.

2020 was an unprecedented, tumultuous year. Nevada is embroiled with the COVID-19 pandemic that has left us in an economic and public health crisis, and Nevada sat center stage as a deciding factor in a contentious Presidential election.
Youth faced high unemployment rates, dealt with uncertainty and instability as schools closed, and faced the quiet, daily struggles so many of our citizens have faced as our nation reckons with the effects of pandemic. Despite all of the hardship, youth activism and community engagement have not faltered. Youth voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election more than doubled that of the 2016 election, protests were held across the state in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and activists worked within their communities to try and support their neighbors in a time of great need.

We want to hear directly from you. Send us your art that depicts what this past year was like for you. We want to know your struggles and your achievements. What are you glad to leave behind in 2020 and what work will you carry with you into 2021?

Individuals may only submit ONE entry in each category; an individual may not submit more than three entries total.

Please note only youth aged 14-24 who are residents of Nevada are eligible to compete in this contest.

Visual Art, Graphic Art, Digital Media, Literature, Performance Art.
Examples of the above include but are not limited too: drawings, paintings, poems, essays, videos, spoken word, etc…
Please limit written projects to 500 words or less.
Please limit video/recorded projects to 90 seconds or less.

All submissions must be submitted via email.
If the submission piece is a physical, such as a painting or a drawing, please take a photo or scan of the art and submit the digital photo or scan. Please submit the art as a .JPEG, a .PNG or .PDF file.
If the submission piece is performance art such as a dance or spoken word poetry please record the performance and submit the recording.
If the submission is digital art please send the art as a .JPEG, a .PNG, or .PDF file.


  • First Place in each of the three categories in each age division will be awarded $100.
  • Additionally, one overall winner of each age division will be awarded an additional $150.

Submissions Op
Winners will be notified via the contact information they have provided in the Google Form (linked below) by March 31, 2021.

1. Please fill this form ( ) &;

2. Email submissions to with full name in the subject line by 11:59pm on March 31, 2021.

In the email body please include your full name and the title of your project if you have titled your work.
Please fill out this Google Form. ( ) If you are under 18 please have a Parent or Guardian fill out the “adult” section with you.

Please note that by submitting their art contestants’ consent to their art being shared on the Nevada95 website and social media pages. We will not profit monetarily from their artwork and we will properly credit the artists.

Please direct any questions regarding the contest or rules to Andrea at or Felipe at

Art Contest Judges

McKenna Abbiss is thrilled to be a judge for the contest. As a senior at Pahrump High School, in Nye County, her love for art burns bright in her soul. She has had the opportunity to compete in numerous art contests over the years, often just for fun. Some of her favorite mediums are acrylic paint, calligraphy ink, colored pencil, and occasionally charcoal. She enjoys illustrating desserts, but recently has moved to illustrating various still lifes and cartoon characters. She admires the ability to create, regardless of the medium; with that said, she is excited to see what this art contest will bring.

Prof. Patricia Vázquez is a native of Las Vegas, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, whose my family has been migrating back and forth from this region ever since it was Old Mexico. Her parents settled in Las Vegas because their jobs had always revolved around the hospitality industry. She was born at Sunrise hospital, on Desert Inn and Maryland Parkway, when it stood outside the city limits in a single-story building. After graduating from Chaparral High School in 1984, she went to Arizona State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Painting (1990) and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature (1995). Her specialization was in Latin American Literature, with an emphasis in Rhetoric. The topic of her thesis focused on the work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Her teaching career began when in 1998, when she was hired as full-time faculty at the College of Southern Nevada, where she’s taught ever since. 
Given her background in comparative literature, she devoted her most recent sabbatical in 2018 to the Commedia of Dante. After spending two summers studying the spaces in northern Italy inhabited by those iconic figures featured in Dante’s work, she published an article, “Dante’s Cannibal Count: Unnatural Hunger and Its Reckoning,” in the Spring 2020 issue of Arion, an academic journal published by Boston University. 

Arleth Quintero is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School. She is currently managing the local COVID-19 Patient Support Center which assists those who have been affected during the pandemic by providing community resources. Given her experiences during this pandemic as a youth leader in the COVID-19 Patient Support Center, she realized it is imperative to have an outline venue for the youth to express themselves and not feel confined or retrieved to their creative abilities. She is pleased and excited to be part of this opportunity in the NV 95 Network, to see that students are expressing themselves artistically and pursuing their dreams.

Brett Levner graduated with honors from New York University and got her start at MTV where she worked her way up from intern to producer.  Brett then attended Columbia University’s graduate film program.  She became the first woman to win the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award in 2004, with her film Being Reel.  Brett is an Associate Professor of Film at UNLV.  She directed, The Track, a feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas which is available to view on Amazon Prime.

Justice Jackson is a native of Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from Centennial High School in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Johnson C. Smith University. As an undergraduate student, Justice is involved in extracurricular activities; she serves as a campus ambassador, McNair Scholar where she conducted and published her own research study, and as an educational facilitator for 8th grade students. During her free time Justice enjoys being creative through drawing, baking sweet treats, and spending time with her family. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Justice plans on attending graduate school and begin a career in Human Resource Management.