The FALL 2019 PROMPT is the poem "For All the Children" by NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green. Poem is below.

For All the Children


Kasserian Ingera

Wise messengers clearing paths

calming storms that often bruise or wound.


Sapati Ingera

We celebrate your tender messages

that promise to reshape and repurpose a tired world.


Kasserian Ingera

You harvest the hope that enables us

to steady the center that is always bending.


Sapati Ingera

Your plentitude of grace and truth-telling

lifts voices, shifts stories, stretches hearts wider.


Kasserian Ingera

Your legacy

new poem new dance new song new medicine.


Sapati Ingera

Your footprints

skipping flying leaving new promises of new realities.


Kasserian Ingera

Your united nations of goodness

dresses up in the armor of peaceful warriors.


Sapati Ingera

You are Light bearers

illuminating the wildest dreams of your ancestors


Kasserian Ingera

Through the long nights you ripen a harvest that will feed

our hearts.


Sapati Ingera

Through the long nights you weave love into bread.



Kasserian Ingera

Through the long nights your song is a blanket for a 

nameless motherless child.


Sapati Ingera

We listen to your whispers

guiding us to give all we are in the least we ever do.


*The traditional greeting that passed between the fabled fearsome Maasai warriors of East Africa. Kasserian Ingera means "and how are the children?" Sapati Ingera means "all the children are well."

[end of poem and statement from poet]

NEW in 2019 - Computer Generated Art will now be known as Digital Media.

The Art Showcase pits artists of different media from different schools in a judged competition that awards both individual and group prizes. Media categories are shown below. Students create their artwork and enter the competition by submitting digital images of their work. Top students' works from each category progress to the statewide competition and are evaluated by judges in-person.

Media Categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print Making
  • Mixed Media
  • Collage
  • Digital Media
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Competition Rules

Visit the Art Showcase section of our site.


Sample Prompt:

Water - it is one of Earth's most abundant and precious resources, and one of few substances that occurs commonly in nature as a solid, liquid, and gas. Incorporate water, in one or more of its many forms, into your creation.


How to prepare and compete

1) Assemble students interested in the competition. Explain the rules and format. Use the practice prompts above or create your own and provide feedback to the students. Register for the competition using the link at the top of the page.

2) On the Prompt Reveal date, the prompt will be emailed to all participating schools. These may be presented to the students immediately. Students may begin working on their creation.

3) As many students as you want may participate in the competition. Students may create multiple entries in different media.

4) Before the submission date, the coach will review all submissions and choose the best submission for each media. Only one submission per student may be sent to NCASA. Once submitted to NCASA, works may not be altered.

5) Images of the submissions are sent to NCASA. We will distribute these to judges. We expect to have results back to schools in about one week.

6) The top teams plus the top submissions in each media will be invited to show their work at the State Finals of the NC Scholastic Dance Festival.

7) Judges (a different set from the Regional) will review works and rate each submission. Scores will be compiled and individual and team winners will be announced in the afternoon.

8) Individual state winners will receive trophies. The winning school will receive a trophy. Students from the top three schools will receive medals.