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Event: Aflame and Unafraid: Submit Artwork

Information and resources about the Aflame & Unafraid events series, Amnda Gorman, and the poem "The Hill We Climb"


Thank you for your interest in submitting, the submissions window has now closed. We look forward to sharing the exhibition with you!

Inspired by Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” we invited the Soka community to submit creative responses to Gorman’s calls to action which will be displayed in a virtual exhibition. All students, faculty, and staff were welcome to submit creative responses (from poetry to paintings to choreography and music, and more!) to the Aflame and Unafraid Exhibition.

Please note that you will also have to register for the event in order to attend it. You may register on the Events Information tab or from the Submission Form.

How to use artsteps

How to Submit Artwork 

Using an innovative, open source platform called artsteps, we have created a virtual gallery space to house our exhibition and enable interactive touring. If you would like to submit a creative response to be displayed in the Aflame and Unafraid Exhibition, please read the following information for instructions.


By submitting your artwork, you will be asked to accept our terms and conditions as outlined in the Artist Release Statement. 

File Formats

Please convert your artwork into the following eligible formats for artsteps:

  • Audio: MP3, WAV, OGG
    • Must be attached to another file (placeholder image, etc.) for display purposes
  • Video: MP4, WEBM, OGG
  • Images: JPG, PNG, GIF 
  • 3D Images: GLB, GLTF, OBJ (with MTL and any texture file)

*Please note that maximum file size for each file type is 4MB. However, if you use Audio in conjunction with another format, then the COMBINED TOTAL file size can only be 4MB.

Submission Formats

  • Audio: Singing, reciting poem or other text, podcast, explanation of your image, etc.
  • Video: Dance, musical, or stage performance, film, etc.
  • Images: Photographs, drawings, text, etc.
  • 3D images: sculpture, ceramics, etc.

Submission Form  

Thank you for your interest in submitting, the submissions window has now closed. The final deadline was April 4. We look forward to sharing the exhibition with you!

Gallery Labels

How to Write Gallery Labels

We will also ask for a short description of your work (50-75 words) in order to create a gallery label for it within the exhibition. Let us know:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • The title of your artwork (if applicable)
  • The medium (e.g. watercolor paint on paper, lyrical choreography shot on iPhone, etc.)
  • A brief description

Descriptions are open to interpretation. If you would like some guidance, think about the following questions: what inspired you to create this piece? What were or are you feeling? What do you hope viewers gain from it? Judy Rand, Director of Rand and Associates, recommends putting yourself in the visitor’s shoes: "ask yourself: WWAVW – What Would A Visitor Wonder? In other words: Why might a visitor need a label here?" (from Barbara L. Hilden's Exhibition Development: How to Write Effective Labels)


Below are examples of a Gallery and Museum Labels:

Leo Van Dyke, American born 2009, Buildings of NY City, 2018, non-toxic paint on paper. Gift of the artist. In this cityscape, Leo Van Dyke shows us a dreary yet brightly dotted sky above candy colored, gravity-defying skyscrapers. Van Dyke, who lives in Colorado, made this painting after visiting Manhattan. At bottom left, faceless occupants go about their tasks in the cramped apartments. We don't now what they are feeling, but we get a hint of happiness from a single smile in the window - on the cat's face.

Exhibition label from Stefania Van Dyke at the Denver Art Museum

Aisha Kahlid (born 1972) Name, Class, Subject, 2009. The blank ruled pages of this apparently straightforward exercise book are in fact reproduced from over 300 miniature paintings made in the style used for Mughal miniatures.

Exhibition label from the Victoria & Albert Museum (from "Gallery Text at the V&A")


Want a little more information on writing a Gallery Label? Check out these short guides: