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Onward & Upward Artist Showcase Contest

Onward & Upward Artist Showcase sponsored by Ashro, partnering with the Ashro Community Council and Umoja Magazine. Art has always been a key piece in the rich storytelling of the Black experience. We’re seeking artists to share their story through work that incorporates this year’s theme: “Imagine the Future: Black is Beautiful”. Show us your best work! 



SPONSOR: Ashro, Inc., 1112 7th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566-1364.

ELIGIBILITY: The Onward & Upward Artist Showcase Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the U.S. States of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa who are sixteen (16) years of age or older as of the date of entry. Entrants who are less than eighteen (18) years of age must obtain parental consent before entering. Employees of Sponsor, UMOJA Magazine, the Ashro Community Council, and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent companies, sales representatives, agencies, dealers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and promotional and vendor agencies involved in the Contest, and the immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) or household members of all such employees, are NOT eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these terms and conditions and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

ENTRY: All entries must be submitted between 12:01 A.M. Central Time (CT) on May 15, 2022, and 11:59 P.M. CT on September 15, 2022. To enter, please visit Ashro’s Onward & Upward Artist Showcase | Ashro Blog, and complete the steps of the online entry process, including uploading a photo of your art submission, as well as providing a short description not exceeding 500 characters (approximately 70-130 words) of what inspired you to create your submission. You will also be required to provide your full legal name, email address, phone number, age, and home address. Limit one (1) entry per person. See below for entry criteria.

Entry Criteria: To participate in this Contest, you must create an original piece of visual art that embodies the following theme: “Imagine the Future: Black is Beautiful.” Submissions may be in the form of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, digital creations, or drawings. Photos of submissions uploaded as part of the entry process must be jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 5 MB. (If there is trouble uploading an image, the entrant can email the image file later to: With your submission, you will also be required to submit a short description of what inspired you to create your submission. Such descriptions must be written in English and may not exceed 500 characters (approximately 70-130 words.)

Entry must be entrant’s original creation and may not include copyrighted, trademarked, patented, or previously published material. Entry requiring license or usage rights from any third party is not eligible. Entry may not include any trademarked or copyrighted brand names/logos, except those of Sponsor. Entry cannot defame or invade the rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any third party’s personal, proprietary, or intellectual rights. Entry cannot contain illegal or unlawful material, and must not promote bigotry, racism, harm, or discrimination. Entry must be consistent with Sponsor’s reputation in the marketplace and must be suitable for audiences of all ages. Entries which, in Sponsor’s or judges’ sole discretion, contain any type of vulgarity or objectionable content will be disqualified. Entries that do not meet these stated criteria, or entries that (in Sponsor’s or judges’ sole discretion) may technically meet the stated criteria but do not reflect the intent and the spirit of the Contest, are not eligible.

Entry constitutes entrant’s certification that s/he is the owner of the entry and is able and authorized to submit it. By submitting an entry, entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, UMOJA Magazine, the Ashro Community Council, and their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, sales representatives, agencies, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and promotional and other vendor agencies involved in this Contest (hereinafter, the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorney fees) and liabilities (including settlements), resulting from or relating to entrant’s submission, or any information supplied or represented to Sponsor by entrant.

SELECTION OF PRIZE WINNERS: Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Sponsor, which may include local art teachers/professors, members of the Ashro Community Council, and marketing/advertising professionals from UMOJA Magazine and Sponsor. Entries will be judged on a 100-point scale by the panel based on the following six (6) criteria :

The six (6) judging criteria will be weighted as follows for each award: ​

Ashro Excellence Award

UMOJA Impact Award

Young Adult Award

(Limited to participants 16-21 years of age as of September 15, 2022.)

All decisions by the judges are final and binding on all entries. There are three awards and the judges will score each entry based on the weighted criteria noted above. In the event of a tie, the tied entry that received the higher score in the “technique/craftsmanship/overall composition of art submission” category will be deemed the potential winner. If a tie still exists, then the “originality of art submission” category will be used as the tie-breaker.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and the quality of the entries received.

Potential winners will be notified on or about October 1, 2022, by phone, email, or regular mail, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, using the information provided on the Entry form. The potential winners will be required to respond within four (4) business days of notification, or the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen. Affidavit of eligibility (including SSN), prize acceptance form, tax information, publicity release, and/or mutually acceptable liability releases may be required and, if requested by Sponsor, must be returned within the reasonable specified time or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner chosen.

The winner of the Contest will be revealed in an issue of Umoja magazine and on Ashro’s blog.

PRIZES  & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (ARV): Three (3) winners will be selected in total based on the criteria outlined above. Winners will receive the following prizes:

Milele Chikasa Anana’s Young Adult Award: $1,000 Scholarship, UMOJA Magazine one-year subscription; ARV: $36.00.

UMOJA Impact Award: Apple iPad Pro® (M1, 12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB); ARV: $1,399. Apple Pencil® (2nd Generation); ARV: $129. UMOJA Magazine one-year subscription; ARV: $36.00.

Ashro Excellence Award: Apple iPad Pro® (M1, 12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB); ARV: $1,399. Apple Pencil® (2nd Generation); ARV: $129. UMOJA Magazine one-year subscription; ARV: $36.00.

Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded: $4,164.

All taxes, fees, and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. For prizes in excess of $600, the winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the fair market value of the prize inclusive of sales or other transaction taxes. In the event that a minor (under eighteen (18) years of age) is a winner, then prize may be awarded to minor’s parent or guardian on behalf of the minor. The $1,000 scholarship provided to the winner of the Young Adult Award will be awarded in the form of a corporate check for $1,000. Sponsor anticipates that winner will use the prize for school-related expenses (e.g., tuition, supplies, housing), though winner will have the ability to use these funds in his/her discretion, and Sponsor will not monitor the use of these funds. Affidavit of eligibility (including SSN), prize acceptance form, tax information, personal services agreement, publicity release, and/or mutually acceptable liability releases may be required where not prohibited. Any and all guarantees and warranties for merchandise prizes are subject to the manufacturer’s and/or service provider’s terms and conditions, and winner agrees to look solely to such manufacturers and/or service providers for any warranty or guarantee claim. Prizes are non-transferable except in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. No substitution or cash equivalent is allowed. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of the same approximate retail value. Prize consists only of items specifically listed as part of the prize. All costs and expenses not specified herein, related to any prize, including but not limited to delivery, installation, service activation fees, and other expenses incurred by accepting the prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

LICENSE TO ENTRY MATERIAL : As a condition of entry, each entrant grants Sponsor a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully sub-licensable and transferable worldwide non-exclusive license and permission to use, reproduce, edit, modify and exhibit, create derivative works of, transmit, distribute, and display the entry, in any and all media formats, whether now known or hereafter developed. Entrant will have no right of approval, review, or modification as to the future use, modification, or display of entrant’s entry. Entrant shall have no right of compensation from, credit, or attribution, or approval over any use of Entry by Sponsor. Sponsor has the right but not the obligation to post any entry for worldwide viewing on the Internet. Entrants hereby forever waive and relinquish all so-called “moral rights (droit moral)” now or hereafter recognized in connection with any entry submitted as part of the Contest. Entrants agree not to issue any publicity concerning Sponsor. All entries that are posted on Sponsor’s website or elsewhere may be available to be viewed by the public.

Entrants agree to execute any additional written authorization or other papers requested by Sponsor in connection with the granting of such license, and any such written papers requested will be required as a condition of obtaining the prize, or another winner will be selected.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: By entering, entrants authorize the Sponsor to post their entries on the Sponsor’s and/or UMOJA Magazine’s webpage, social media pages, and/or printed magazines/catalogs for viewing by a world-wide audience. Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes winners’ consent that his or her name, likeness, voice and/or biographical data may be used for advertising and promotional purposes without limitation and without additional notice, compensation, or consent. Submission of content to be posted online constitutes permission for same.

RELEASE: By entering, entrant agrees to accept and abide by the Official Rules of this Contest and agrees that any dispute with regard to the conduct of this Contest, rule interpretation, or award of prize shall be submitted to Sponsor, whose decision shall be binding and final. By participating, you release the Released Parties from and against any and all injury, loss, or damage, including but not limited to personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in the Contest. Entrant hereby agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Released Parties against any and all third party claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to any breach by the entrant of any provision of these Official Rules, including, without limitation, entrant’s representations and warranties.

ADDITIONAL RULES: Entrant represents and warrants that: (i) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of all rights to the entry submitted as part of the entry process, including without limitation all copyrights therein; (ii) he/she is the individual producing the entry; and (iii) the entry will not violate or infringe upon the copyright, literary, privacy, publicity, trademark, service mark, or any other personal or property right of any person or entity. Entry materials/submissions that have been tampered with or altered are void. Sponsors are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged, garbled, or illegible entries; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsors on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest.


Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of prizes, including erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize, and under no circumstances will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to modify, cancel, or suspend this Contest, or to amend the Official Rules at any time, without prior individual notice, should any factor interfere with the administration, security, or proper play of this Contest as contemplated by these Official Rules. If for any reason Sponsor is prevented from continuing with this Contest, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Contest is severely undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, pandemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, or order of any court or jurisdiction, Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Contest without further obligation. If Sponsor in its discretion elects to so abbreviate the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the prize from among all eligible entries received to date. All entries are the physical property of Sponsor and are not returnable.

DISPUTES/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this CONTEST or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in WISCONSIN, (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys’ fees, (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or other damages, including, without limitation, lost profits, may be awarded (collectively, “Special Damages”), and (4) entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to such damages multiplied or increased. WISCONSIN law, without reference to choice of law rules, governs the CONTEST and all aspects related thereto.

PRIVACY: As a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant agrees his or her personally identifiable information submitted as part of an entry will be used to administer the Contest, select prize winner, and fulfill prize. Such information may be shared with Sponsor’s agents and affiliates as necessary to administer the Contest, confirm winner identity or materials, and fulfill the prize. Information will be treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy available at

WINNER’S LIST: To receive any legally-required name of the winner, send a legal-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope within sixty (60) days of the end of the Contest to: Onward & Upward Artist Showcase Contest — Winners’ List, c/o Ashro, Inc., Attn: Brand Marketing Manager 1112 7th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566-1364. Winner’s List to be available by November 1, 2022.

iPad Pro® and Apple Pencil® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is not a sponsor, endorser, or otherwise involved in the Contest.

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