Chinese American Citizens Alliance

National Board

2019 National Art Contest


The Chinese American Museum and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance are pleased to announce a juried, nationwide Art Competition for students during the 2018-2019 school year. For over 100 years, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance sought to better the welfare of the community and to achieve equality and justice for Chinese Americans and to encourage American patriotism. The Chinese American Museum, located in Los Angeles, across Union Station, seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America's diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans.

This year's subject is:


150 years ago the Transcontinental Railroad that stretched across the United States of America and linked the east and west coasts was completed. Facing poverty and civil war, laborers from Guangdong Province in China left home to make a living to support their families. Chinese immigrants were recruited by railroad labor contractors to do the dangerous and difficult jobs such as blasting areas with explosives, laying track, and carrying heavy cargo in extremely hot and cold weather. The Chinese laborers would eventually create a transportation system that would easily connect people and trade goods.

Railroad workers marked the first wave of Chinese immigrants to come work in the United States. They were paid the lowest wage and had to take on the dangerous jobs. Today, Chinese Americans are not only railroad workers. They hold various jobs that contribute to the workforce. Look around your community. What kind of different jobs do you see Chinese Americans working in? Draw some of the jobs or kinds of work you see.


The Art Competition is open to students from kindergarten to grade twelve. Entries will be placed and judged in four divisions. A written description of the artwork is required and must accompany the entry form upon submission. The description can be typed on a separate sheet of paper and stapled to the entry form.

Division 1: Grade K to Grade 3 (title only, description optional)
Division 2: Grade 4 to Grade 6 (description must be 50 words or less)
Division 3: Grade 7 to Grade 9 (description must be 100 words or less)
Division 4: Grade 10 to Grade 12 (description must be 150 words or less)

Entries are due April 28, 2019. All entries must be original, freehand drawings by the student only. The size of the artwork must be 18 inches High x 24 inches Wide and be two dimensional. Acceptable mediums include oil, watercolors, acrylic, crayon, pencil, etc. The artwork may not contain copyrighted characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Pokemon, etc., or the right of any third party and may not violate any U.S. or international copyright laws.

The official entry form, original or copied, along with a description of the artwork must accompany each entry. The entry must also have the name and address of the student written on the back of the artwork. Only one entry per student is allowed.


The winning entries will be announced in May 2019 and an awards ceremony will take place in the Greater Los Angeles area. Date and location to be announced. Selection of winners will be conducted by a panel of independent judges.

Winning Entries and some finalists will be exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other regional locations where C.A.C.A. Lodges are located.

First, second and third place winners will be selected from each division. In addition, two Grand Prize Awards will be chosen from all entries.

Refer to ENTRY FORM (below) for additional information, including rules and regulations and official entry form.

The Scholarship Awards are:
Two (2) Grand Awards- $500 each
Four (4) First Place- $300 each
Four (4) Second Place- $200 each
Four (4) Third Place- $100 each

Please Send Entries to:
Chinese American Museum
ATTN: Art Competition
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Click here for Entry Form