Happy Inauguration Day! Today marks the beginning of a new presidential term and a celebration of the democratic process at work.
Even for those who can’t yet vote, it’s important to learn about our rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. That’s where Kidizenship comes in. The nonprofit was founded to encourage civic engagement in children through creative self-expression. Recently, they asked kids to design a flag that represents their ideal America, and what they came up with is nothing short of inspiring — not to mention adorable!
1. First place, 8-12 category
“I wanted to represent the diversity in the states and people in our country. I did this by hand cutting 50 unique and different stars to depict the differences in our beautiful states and a person’s silhouette with 13 stripes in colors of the rainbow symbolizing our qualities and our individual personalities. After all, the world would be no fun if everyone and everything were the same.” -Grace, age 12
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2. Second place, 8-12 category
“The stars of the states are shown on ‘Turtle Island,’ which is part of the Native American origin story for the American continent. Blue stripes are the streams to rivers of our nation flowing into the ocean, origin of all life on earth. Brown and white stripes are the diversity of our ethnic origins, flowing together with red stripes, our common blood.” -Adeline, age 9
3. Third place, 8-12 category
“I cannot vote but my art expresses my understanding of our dreams and desires as U.S. citizens. My cultural background helps me realize how important it is that we are loved, we are shown kindness, and everyone is honest with us.” -Thomais, age 12
4. First place, 13-18 category
“I’ve drawn an ear of blue corn to honor the indigenous peoples of North America. The color of the kernels is a mix of the red, white, and blue that we see on our current flag. The colors represent the hardiness, valor, innocence, purity, vigilance, perseverance, and justice of our country. The green of the husk signifies the earth and all that came before us, and on the ribbon it says, ‘in radices speramus nobis,’ which means, ‘in our roots we trust,’ in Latin.” -Zoe, age 14
5. Second place, 13-18 category
“My re-imagined American flag seeks to depict the tapestry which makes up American culture and history. The main piece is obviously the intertwined lines which translate the feeling of this tapestry onto the canvas of the flag. The two different lines crossing again and again reflect the diversity of Americans and… [their] interconnectedness.
“To retain and recognize the historical aspect of our flag, the 13 colonies are now represented by 13 stars which appear on the left of the flag. Finally, I retained the flag’s traditional colors mostly untouched beyond a slight brightening to display an optimism about America’s future.” -Christopher, age 18
6. Third place, 13-18 category
“I depicted a group of people of varying backgrounds painting and altering the American Flag…. The figures in my flag are working in collaboration with one another to make the changes they want to see, showing it is the power of the people to push for the policies, beliefs, and ideas that will positively impact them. This flag not only symbolizes the progress we have made as a nation but the progress we are still making today.
“I also wanted to include two people, to the right, that are retouching a tarnished American flag in order to restore and remind us of what America stands for: equality, justice, and liberty.” -Milka, age 17
7. Last but not least, a design from Kidizenship founder Amanda Little’s daughter, which inspired the nonprofit!
“The feathers of the eagle are the flags of the 50 states and the 13 olives represent the founding colonies. A visual ode to unity.” -Aria, age 12
We are blown away by these incredible young minds! With visionaries like these, the future of our nation is in good hands! You can check out all the winning entries here.
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