New Urban Gallery project!

Submission Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY – Who qualifies?
To be considered for the Urban Gallery, the person:

  • may be living (any age) or deceased.
  • does not need to be well-known or famous. (Under-recognized people may even have a better chance of being selected.)
  • may live in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and surrounding towns – or not! (If not, explain why you think this person makes our community here great. The more we understand their connection, the more likely they are to be selected for the gallery.)
  • cannot be yourself. (If you want to be considered, find someone who thinks you’re great and ask them to complete a form!)
  • can be your friend, relative, etc. (examples: spouse, child, parent, cousin, teacher, neighbor, mentor, co-worker, etc.).


CRITERIA – Who will be chosen?

Students decided that those selected for the Urban Gallery will be people who:

  • do small things to make a bigger impact.
  • show compassion.
  • love people for who they are.
  • influence other people.
  • make other people feel safe.
  • change lives.
  • are fun or funny.
  • are selfless.
  • accept others.
  • show love to others.



  • Tell your story! Help us imagine this person who makes us great. The more we feel like we know this person, the better chance they have of being selected.
  • Remember that you’re writing for a young audience. Be descriptive! Help students imagine this person and their surroundings.
  • We will not penalize for incorrect spelling or grammar. Tell your story! Don’t worry about perfection.
  • Submit early. We will hold two rounds of selection. Any submission not chosen during the first round will remain eligible for the second round.



  • All forms must be submitted by the deadline.
  • A team of adult volunteers will assist the Youth Art Team by reviewing all submissions for appropriateness and completeness before forwarding them to the students. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
  • Youth Art Team students will review the submissions and recommend the recipients and alternates they deem most worthy for the award based on the criteria. Recommendations will be forwarded to partners that may include students of Arts to End Violence, Lowell Elementary School, UNI Department of Art, the Waterloo Writing Project, and others for final approval.
  • If you submit the name of a living person, you will both be notified if they are selected for the gallery. All submissions, whether chosen for the gallery or not, may be included in a publication and you will both be notified. Each individual will have the opportunity to withdraw at the time of notification. If we cannot reach you, the submission will be disqualified.
  • Incomplete forms or forms received after the deadline will not be considered.



We’re accepting submissions for two rounds of selection.

Deadline for Round 1: September 8, 2017.

Deadline for Round 2: December 31, 2017.

Note: Each submission not selected in Round 1 will remain eligible for Round 2, so submit early!



Online or print form (includes these guidelines)

If you have questions, contact us anytime and we will respond as quickly as possible ( or 319-343-8029).

By completing and submitting the form, you give the Link/Youth Art Team permission to use this information in part or in its entirety – to quote, publish, etc. – for any promotional, fundraising, or media purpose of Link/Youth Art Team. Text may be edited for spelling, grammar, or readability and interpreted by young artists, writers, and musicians. You authorize the perpetual use or reproduction of all work submitted by you including but not limited to photographs, drawings, paintings, and writings, for any promotional, fundraising, or media purpose of Link / Youth Art Team without being entitled to payment. Please contact us if you have any questions before submitting (; 319-343-8029).

We’re excited to hear your stories! Thank you for participating!

Student collaborators:


The new Youth Art Team Urban Gallery Installation project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the R.J. McElroy Trust, Omega Cabinetry, and First Presbyterian Church (Waterloo).