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DEADLINE: Submissions due June 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM  

We need artwork to be featured in this year’s Día de los Muertos Festival Poster! 

A community panel selects the winning artwork for the poster. Panelists consider the artistic quality of the work, its ability to be reproduced as a poster/t-shirt, its relation to this year’s theme, and the connection the artist has to the community.  

The art chosen is then reproduced and presented on billboards, t-shirts, posters, and online, and is seen by the 60,000+ people at the festival, and thousands more leading up to it.  

Additionally the winning artist will receive: 

  • A cash prize of $1500 
  • A complimentary booth space at the festival,  
  • and free Día de los Muertos merchandise.  

OAKLAND artists are strongly encouraged to submit artwork! 

2022 FESTIVAL THEME: Honoring Essential Workers  

Our dedicated laborers and essential workers took care of us during arguably one of the most challenging times in U.S. history. We are honored to recognize Fruitvale as the land of The Essential Worker and remember the lives of those who served our community in restaurants, as custodians, nurses, farmers, cashiers and the many essential positions that made our lives possible.  

 It is critical we don’t forget these heroes and their ultimate sacrifice to our community. 

 Join us as we pay tribute and celebrate our Essential Workers.  

DEADLINE: Submissions due June 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM  

Submit online:

Please email your submissions to

Submit in person or mail: Drop off or mail your work to Caheri Gutierrez, Development & Communications Manager at The Unity Council’s headquarters at 1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite 2A, Oakland CA 94601  


Submissions that do not meet the following requirements will not be considered for the 2022 Día de los Muertos Poster Contest 

  • Submission must include a one-page artist statement with your submission telling us about your work and your connection to the community. Please include your current email or phone number to contact you. 
  • Must be 12″ wide x 24” high. 
  • Submissions must not exceed a maximum of 8 colors. Poster art will be displayed on Outdoor billboards, flyers, posters, banners, and T-shirts. Color requirements must allow for various printing restrictions. 
  • Submissions created in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign should be exported to either a vector graphic (PNG or EPS) or to a PDF with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi 
  • Submissions created on paper or canvas should be scanned or photographed with the highest resolution possible and saved as a JPG or TIFF.

**The winner will be required to execute The Unity Council’s Artist Contract prior to receiving the cash award, through which the Artist will grant The Unity Council and A2Z Media Group a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to publicly display, reproduce, and distribute the work, in and through all media and methods of transmission, and in connection with commercial and non-commercial uses.