The Genesis Collective Presents



Works due September 30th


The Genesis Collective is calling for Black creatives in Beaver County to submit their work to an art invitational, Being Black in Beaver County. This opportunity offers prize money and employment opportunities.

Please, submit your work, tell your friends, and support Black creatives in our region!

  • Art submissions are due by September 30th. Email to
  • Judging will be complete by October 15th. Public exhibition ~October 30th
  • Submissions will be judged on how well they fit the theme, “Being Black in Beaver County”, the Artist’s statement, and displayability.
  • Submissions that display Clarity, Sincerity, and Individuality preferred
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants; up to $1,200
  • Opportunities for three paid one-month teaching positions for partners


What kind of work do you want?

If we can display it, you should submit it. That means that if you have a film we can watch, a poem that can be performed or displayed for reading, a song, a dance that can be recorded, a painting, a photograph, a cake, or whatever else you do that channels your creative energy, that's what we want to see.

What if my file is too large to email to

Email us at that address, and we will send instructions.

What is an artist's statement?

This is a few sentences about you, your work, your inspiration, and your process. Also, this should include your decisions about this particular piece, and your interpretation of the theme.

What if I need help with my artist's statement?

Contact The Genesis Collective on social: @gcollective art on FB or IG. We can help! To read more about an artist's statement, visit this site.

Who is judging the work?

Artists, but not artists who are a part of The Genesis Collective advisory team. The Genesis Collective is hosting and organizing the event, but we have no say in who wins.

What do you expect regarding the theme, Being Black in Beaver County?

We want you to ponder these words and reflect on your experience living here. It could be a story of joy, pain, laughter, community, thriving, overcoming, or anything/ else that is reflective of these words to you.

How much can I earn in prize money?

First prize will win $1200, second prize wins $1000, and third prize wins $800.

Do I have to win to be considered for the paid teaching opportunity?

NO! You must have your clearances to work with youth, and you must express interest and be able to teach your skill set in one of the three organizations who will host our instructors: Aliquippa Impact, The Center, and Neighborhood North: Museum of Play.