SSFHC Annual Poster Contest

Each year, Silver State Fair Housing Council hosts a fair housing poster contest open to first through eighth grade students in Nevada. The contest is designed to teach young people that all Nevadans have equal access to housing regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

The 2020 poster contest will run from Jan 1, 2020 to Feb 28, 2020. 

2020 Fair Housing Poster Contest Packet

The contest helps foster a better sense of understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the diversity in our neighborhoods and throughout our community. Each year, it incorporates themes of civil rights and equal opportunity particularly appropriate for existing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month observations.


All entries that meet the contest guidelines will be judged and then displayed throughout the month of April at various locations throughout the Reno/Sparks community. A Fair Housing Awards reception will be held to publicly recognize the thirteen winners and their artwork will be featured in SSFHC’s 2021 Fair Housing Calendar.

If you would like to participate or want to distribute the information to your students, please contact our office at (775) 324-0990. SSFHC will supply you with poster contest registration forms for all of your students, including information about contest guidelines. If you opt not to make this a class project, students are encouraged to enter the contest individually, as well.

Contest Guidelines

Words & Imagery

Entries must contain the written theme: “Fair Housing Creates Community”

Entries must include interpretations of the contest theme, including representation of members of protected classes (race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression) interacting in a housing-related situation.

Entries must be on construction-type paper and range in size from 8 1/2 x 11” to no larger than 12 x 18.” Please do not place wording closer than 3/4” to edge of paper.


Bold colors and a variety of artistic media (collages!/paintings!/wallpaper!/fabric!/etc.???) are encouraged.

3-Dimensional and computer-generated artwork will not be eligible for judging. PLEASE, no corporate logos or brand names in the artwork.

Artwork will be judged on originality, visual impact, artistic merit, and overall adherence to the contest theme.


Open to all Washoe County students in 1st – 8th grades.

Each entry MUST be accompanied by a Contest Registration slip signed by a parent/guardian.

2020 Fair Housing Poster Contest Registration Form


Registrations should be taped, not stapled, to the back of the entry.

Entries without signed registration forms will not be eligible for judging and prizes.

Per the registration form, artwork becomes property of SSFHC and cannot be returned.


Contest deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020 at 5:00pm.

All entries must be received at the office of Silver State Fair Housing Council: 110 West Arroyo Street, Suite A, Reno, NV 89509, by the contest deadline.

You may call our office at 775.324.0990 to schedule a drop-off OR to make arrangements for poster entries to be picked up at your school or organization.


Grand Prize Winner
  • One Year Family membership to the Nevada Museum of Art
  • Artwork developed into SSFHC’s 2020 Fair Housing Poster and will be included in the 2021 Fair Housing Calendar
  • Two framed posters, one for the winner and a second for their school/organization
Additional Poster Contest Winners

1st PLACE Winners

  • Four guest passes to the Nevada Museum of Art
  • Artwork included in SSFHC’s 2021 Fair Housing Calendar

Nine Additional Winners

  • Two guest passes to the Nevada Museum of Art
  • Artwork included in SSFHC’s 2021 Fair Housing Calendar

Community Recognition
Winners and honorable mention entries will be displayed throughout the month of April 2020

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