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Beyond Bouquets: A Mother’s Day Art Contest

Calling All Dads with an Invitation Create a Mother's Day Art Project with their Children 

One of the best ways that dads can honor mothers on Mother's Day (and every other day) is to do our part to help prevent, address and ultimately eliminate domestic violence and dating violence.

There is so much more dads can do to honor and celebrate Moms on Mother's Day than buying flowers and a card. Mother's Day can be a day to honor and celebrate mothers and mothering and can be an opportunity that dads can use to advance gender equality more broadly. As part of our Because We're Dads Initiative, NYSCADV is inviting dads throughout the state to help craft (with your child(ren) Mother's Day cards that honor mothers and mothering and help promote gender equality.

NYSCADV invites dads and their children to create artwork together for Mother's Day for our second annual Mother's Day Art Contest, "Beyond Bouquets."

Some ideas to help develop your submissions:

  • Why is mothering important to you as a dad? What does it mean to your child(ren)?
  • What is the role of dads in supporting mothers and mothering?
  • How can dads support their kids to honor mothers and mothering (on Mother's Day and beyond)?
  • What role does the concept of gender equality play in your relationship with your child(ren)'s mother(s)?
  • How do you promote gender equality in your family?
  • What images describe the role of mothering in your family?


We’re seeking two age categories for these entries:
  1. Dads and male caregivers parenting 5 – 12 year olds
  2. Dads and male caregivers parenting 13 – 18 year olds

How to Participate

You can submit your entry that expresses the theme, Beyond Bouquets, anytime from Wednesday, April 20th through May 7th at 9 pm. Voting will take place and winners will be announced via NYSCADV's social media platforms on May 13th.

  • Start by reviewing the contest details and guidelines included below.
  • Create your submission.
  • Register your Mother's Day Card in the contest and name the Prevention Educator that told you about the contest.
  • Get votes! Share with your network through emails and social media! Voting will include a vote via Facebook. A panel of expert judges (Dads and caregivers themselves) will choose from among the submissions that received the highest number of Facebook votes in that group.


Contest Registration


We’re seeking two age categories for these entries:

  1. Dads and male caregivers who are parenting 5 – 12 year olds
  2. Dads and male caregivers who are parenting 13 – 18 year olds

There is no cost to participate.

Voting & Prizes

The deadline for entry submission is May 7th. Just in time so that you can also present your card to a Mom or caregiver on Mother's Day (May 8th!) Submissions will be posted on Facebook, with a public forum voting on May 9th and 10th.

A panel of expert judges will choose from among the submissions. Submissions that received the highest number of Facebook votes in that group will be given special consideration.

The winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card. (We hope you will use that to do something with Mom. Maybe a post Mother's Day outing of her choosing?) Winners will also have their submissions featured in NYSCADV's prevention education and awareness materials, such as NYSCADV's webpage, prevention resources, and social media channels. A profile of the artists and their winning submissions will be shared in NYSCADV's monthly newsletter to highlight the initiative.

Participating in this contest supports your friendly local Prevention Educator!

Prevention Educators who recruit ten or more submissions will be put in a raffle for a chance at a $500 scholarship to the professional development opportunity of their choosing. (The scholarship may cover a variety of costs: registration to a state or national prevention focused conference, training opportunity, continuing education, etc.)

Prevention Educators across New York State work tirelessly to support social change efforts that would end all forms of gender based violence in your community. They design and deliver prevention programming to youth of all ages in school and non-school based settings, they raise awareness and educate parents about how to promote healthy relationship behaviors at home in order to help preventing dating violence. They train teachers, counselors, coaches and other school based professionals to support young people in the same way. They deliver prevention education programs in workplaces, on college campuses and other venues in your community.

So please be sure to name them in your registration/submission forms. If you are interested in connecting with someone in your community, let us know. We'd be delighted to make that introduction and tell you more about how to become involved in local efforts.

Thank you for your involvement and support!

By raising awareness about what men can do to address gender equity and promote healthy relationship behaviors, we can work together to help children and young people to have safe and healthy relationships free from violence and coercion. Learn more here. 

Contest Guidelines:

By submitting this entry into NYSCADV's Beyond Bouquets, Mother's Day Art Contest:

I acknowledge that the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) has my permission to use my submission and statements (or those of my minor child) contained therein in all forms of NYSCADV media. 

I understand that I (or my child) will not be paid for the use of my submissions.

I grant NYSCADV the right to use my (or my minor child's) image submission for publicity, promotional or educational purposes without notification or compensation. I understand that credit will be given to the artist for any submissions utilized. 

I understand that NYSCADV maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, display or exhibit the submission on their website, at conferences or any other venues. 

I certify that I (or my minor child) have not used copyrighted, trademarked, or branded material in my submission. 

I give permission for my entry to be published and displayed for contest purposes.  I acknowledge my submission is aligned with contest guidelines and recognize that NYSCADV reserves the right to not accept entries that are not compliant with contest guidelines. 

I understand that priority will be given to positive messaging. We ask that submissions be aligned with NYSCADV’s core values, mission and vision. Submissions should not depict violence, vulgarity, or partisan/political messaging. Here is the link to NYSCADV’s Mission.

I transfer copyright for my entry to be used in events and publications made by NYSCADV.  

I guarantee that this entry is an original work and does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of another.

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