To honor the International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) on March 21, 2021 the STELIP team is collaborating with a local high school student, Chloe Ngakosso, creator of the brand Afro Queens to explore diversity through art mediums and launch the first ever Diversify your Art Exhibit.

This project Diversify your Art – Diversity: What Does it Mean to You encourages community members of all ages to tap into their creative talents and create a piece of art inspired by the poem, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, with the line:

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.

A call to all community members is open to enter a submission in any art form they choose. Due to COVID restrictions it will need to be digital, but pictures of your non-digital creations are welcome. 

We encourage submissions to explore what diversity means to you, the impacts you have experienced or witnessed, and how we can move forward as a community while embracing diversity.  We encourage submissions based of the selected line as inspiration, but the entire poem is exceptional and may speak to someone’s experiences.

Submissions will be accepted in three age categories.  If you are someone that is not experienced in art we are offering 3 sessions at no cost to help you with your creation.  Each session will include materials to explore prior to the workshop to make sure you can experience all the benefits of the expertise. 

Workshop sessions include: 
March 8: Mixed media by Kat Medlyn 
March 9: Freestyle and Spoken work by Mark Waigwa
March 11: Video Editing by Chris Cherry 

The sessions have limited registration so be sure to sign up today. Please register via Eventbrite.

Submissions are due March 17. Please email them to