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Crenshaw/LAX Neighborhood Student Art Contest

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday, July 12, 2021.

Invitation to High School Students


Create an artwork celebrating the unique character of your neighborhood and its connection to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which will serve the Crenshaw District, Inglewood, Westchester and surrounding areas in South LA.

Metro is producing commemorative pins inspired by the artworks of high school student artists. Each pin will represent one of eight new Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project stations: Expo/Crenshaw, Martin Luther King, Jr., Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Fairview Heights, Downtown Inglewood, Westchester/Veterans and Aviation/Century.

Eight winners will be selected by a committee of local community leaders and cultural figures. The winning artworks will be the inspiration for eight final pins, which will be distributed to the public free of charge in celebration of the opening of the rail project.

This contest is open to high school students only, grades 9-12. One entry per student will be reviewed.

(Note: The families of Metro employees and contractors are not eligible.)

Eight student artists whose artworks are selected will receive:

  • $500 for the purchase of the submitted artwork*
  • Public recognition
  • Award certificate
  • Complete set of commemorative pins
  • Brochure with student artwork featured

* Must be eligible to work in the United States as determined by the Department of Homeland Security and/or U.S. Immigration Laws.


  • Submit a two-dimensional artwork made on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • All image-making media is acceptable (i.e. collage, painting, drawing, computer graphics). See design considerations below.
  • Provide a brief statement (200 words or less) about the artwork and how it celebrates the unique character of one of the neighborhoods along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
  • Entries should be submitted through this online form or dropped off at the address below starting Monday, March 22, 2021.

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Office
Attn: Crenshaw/LAX Art Contest
3699 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7AM - 3PM

All entries must be received by the EXTENDED DEADLINE of Monday, July 12, 2021.

In-person entries must be submitted by 3PM (PDT).

Online entries must be submitted by 5PM (PDT).

Submit Here

Design Considerations

Questions to consider:

  • What does your neighborhood mean to you?
  • What makes your neighborhood unique?
  • How will the new rail stations positively impact your neighborhood?

Please do not include any of the following:

  • Media that is difficult to photograph or capture in two-dimensional formats, including heavy textures, chunky materials or objects in collages.
  • Fluorescent or metallic colors. These inks will not be available in pin production.
  • Visual representations of proprietary names or brands of existing businesses, as well as business or corporate logos.
  • Depictions involving alcohol, smoking, violence, illegal activity, nudity, obscene matter and items that would be harmful/disruptive in the transit system.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.

By sharing the information included in this entry form, the applicant allows the information, including any artwork, to be shared with Metro staff and those on the evaluation team for the purpose of reviewing the artworks and selecting student artists for the project. As a public agency, Metro will safeguard any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Intellectual Property (IP) submitted, subject to Metro’s obligations under the Public Records Act and other applicable laws. This information will be retained by Metro for up to five (5) years. The evaluation team will not retain the collected information.


The selected student artwork will become the property of Metro. Metro will retain full usable rights, in perpetuity, including commercial and non-commercial use, for reproductions across a host of possible media in addition to the initial printing of pins. Metro retains the right to crop the artwork to suit usage requirements.

Student artists retain the right to reproduce submitted artwork for self-promotion purposes, but artwork must not be sold or used by the student artist for any commercial purpose without prior written Metro approval.

Winners (and parents or guardians for those under 18) will be required to sign an agreement regarding usage terms.

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