"I LOVE the Arts!" Video Contest

"I LOVE the Arts!" Video Contest

Home to dozens of galleries, museums, theaters and pieces of public art, it’s pretty hard to live in Scottsdale and not be inspired by the arts. That’s why the City of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Arts invites you, the future leaders of our community, to share with us why you think the arts are important to our city through an exciting video contest.

You could win a $500 cash prize, membership to Scottsdale Arts, an invitation to the Mayor’s Breakfast for the Arts and a presentation of your video at a City Council meeting.

The Fine Print

Who can enter?

This contest is only for high school students attending a Scottsdale school or a resident of Scottsdale. If you are under 18, you need to get permission from your guardians. Especially if you are going to borrow their camera!

How many videos can I submit?

Only one submission per student. We want to see your BEST work.

How long should the video be?

The videos should be long enough to tell the story. Good practice is approximately two to three minutes.

How can I share my video with you?

Upload your video to YouTube, send the link to rsmetana@scottsdaleaz.gov and include your name, address and school. Please follow these YouTube policy and safety guidelines.

When is the deadline?

Videos are due by Friday, March 23, 2018. Winners will be announced April 1, 2018.

How will you choose the winner?

The winning video will be selected from a panel of community experts that may include curators, communications and other design professionals. Videos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Clarity of message
  • Audience engagement

The Prizes

  • $500 cash prize
  • Membership to Scottsdale Arts
  • Video debut at April 10, 2018 City Council meeting
  • If you are able, attend and see your video played at Mayor and Council Breakfast for the Arts on April 19, 2018 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Tips for making a great video

  • Keep it personal. We want to hear about you and your connection to the arts in our community.
  • Be specific. Pick one topic, whether that is a memory or story, and stick to it. You only have two minutes!
  • Start at the end. If you know where you’re going, then you know how to get there in an interesting way.
  • Use what you know. Pick a topic that you have easy access to or already know something about. People are drawn to personal stories so use your experiences to enrich the story.
  • Passion. Not only should your story connect to viewers, but you should also care about the story.
  • Invoke wonder. Make your viewers want to know more, learn more and be drawn in.
  • Use mixed media. Add music, personal images and the power of your voice.

Tips for the script

A script for a two-minute video is approximately 250 words long. Here are some tips for writing scripts:

  • Describe it. Picture what you are writing about and use as many adjectives as possible.
  • Use your conversational speaking voice.
  • Be creative with the writing. Use poetry, rhyming, or a pattern to develop the script.
  • You don’t have a lot of words, so jump right in. The story doesn’t have to be told in a linear way. Even though the story needs a beginning, middle and end, find what’s most interesting and start there.
  • Read it out loud, a lot, before you start filming.
  • Edit, edit, edit.

Video ideas

  • Tell us why the arts make Scottsdale the best place to live.
  • Do you have a personal memory that includes the arts in our city? Tell us about it.
  • Share which public art piece is your favorite and why.
  • Interview a Scottsdale artist who inspires you. Use video or audio to capture the interview. Add photographs, personal stories, and other media to tell the story.
  • Do you play instruments, dance, sing, paint or do other creative things? What inspires you? Tell about a time you overcame a difficulty and how the arts helped you.
  • What is your favorite arts place in our community? Tell us about it.
  • Tell us about how the arts have made an impact on your life.



  • Create your own photographs, images, and art to include in the project.
  • Write your own scripts, songs, poetry, or other creative writing.
  • Create your own music or use royalty-free music from sources such as Garage Band or other music software.
  • Record your own interviews, music, or other audio recordings using the audio recorders.
  • Make positive statements.

Use caution:

  • Using images found online. Always check for copyright notices and other restrictions on use.
  • To ensure media release forms are completed for individuals appearing in the final project. This includes musicians and their performances.
  • When using quotes, songs, music, images, or other materials in the project, always acknowledge your sources.
  • When making negative statements about individuals. Always check facts.

Do not:

  • Use materials that are owned by an artist, organization, or protected by copyright or trade-mark without permission. This includes literary (books, short stories, website content), dramatic (plays, movies), musical, and artistic works (art, logos, designs).
  • Include images of people unless you have consent. For youth under age 18, consent may need to be provided by an adult parent or guardian.
  • Use images of celebrities.

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