Welcome to the We Create Here and Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Fair Housing Video and Poster contest. --------------------------------- Can you imagine being denied a place to live because of your skin color, ethnicity or sexual orientation? Sadly, housing discrimination has kept some people away from the places they want to live. Would you know where to turn? Would you know that what happened was against the law? We want to make sure people know that **this behavior is against the law and against what we stand for as a community.** How does housing discrimination hurt our community? How does equal access to a place to live make our community better? The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission has been awarded a $10,000 grant to educate our community on Fair Housing in Cedar Rapids. Fair Housing refers to the civil rights laws that protect an individual’s rights to obtain the housing of their choice, in the location of their choice, free from discrimination. The theme for this contest is "A Face for Fairness: Housing for All." Let’s use our creativity to do good in our community. Let’s use art and storytelling to show why fair housing is important in our community. Let’s CREATE HERE. There’s a video contest open to all members of the Cultural Corridor (18 years of age and over) and a poster contest open to ages 5-18 in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. You can win up to $600 in the Poster Contest to use for college! You can win up to $2000 in the video contest – either with a longform educational video or with a 30 second PSA. **IMPORTANT:** *If any contest materials are needed in another language, please notify the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission office ASAP at civilrights@cedar-rapids.org, or (319) 286-5036.*
Poster contest ========= The intention of the poster contest is to increase awareness of youth, in Cedar Rapids and Marion, of the right to equal housing opportunity.  Cedar Rapids and Marion prohibits discrimination in housing based on: age, color, creed, disability (mental and physical), familial status, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.  It is also against the law to discriminate in housing based on association with a protected class and by retaliation in response to a protected activity (i.e., reporting alleged discrimination).  Additional information and resources regarding fair housing may be found in the "A Face for Fairness: Housing for All" informational packet as a pdf document. This poster contest is a great way to teach children about the importance of civil rights.  Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in 1968 as a direct response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Children will also be interested in how fair housing protects their families.  Before familial status protection was added to the federal laws, over 50 percent of landlords in the United States refused to rent to families with children.   ### Requirements ### + Visually represent and describe the meaning of fair housing and why it is important in our community. + Preferred size:  Standard Poster Board, 22x28 inches.  Must be *at least* 8.5 x 11 inches. + Orientation:  May use “portrait” or landscape” orientation. + Materials:  Please use whatever materials you see fit, so long as they are non-toxic.  Please do not use glitter. + Include at least one or more images or illustrations. + Include at least one protected class. + Must submit a hardcopy of poster in-person or via postal mail at the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Office, 50 Second Avenue Bridge, 7th Floor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. + Entries that do not meet the format requirements may be disqualified. + For more information on poster specifications and format see FAQs. + Non-English submissions must include English translation.  ### Eligibility ### The poster contest is open to youth ages 5-18 in the Cedar Rapids and Marion, Iowa communities.  Must have a parent/guardian, 18 years of age or older, fill out the Applicant Entry Form. Employees of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and their immediate families and/or members of their households are not eligible to enter this competition. There are 4 competition categories for the poster contest: + Ages 5-7 + Ages 8-10 + Ages 11-13 + Ages 14-18 ### Registration ### All entrants must fill out and submit the Applicant Entry Form online or in person at the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, 50 Second Avenue Bridge, 7th Floor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. All entrants **must** include poster identification info on the back of the poster entry and **must** sign a release and authorization form as part of the registration process.  Poster entries (including poster identification information and release & authorization form) must be submitted in-person or received by postal mail by **5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015.**  Please postmark by Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the latest.  You may drop off your poster entry anytime during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Cedar Rapids Public Library during business hours.   All entries must be submitted in hard-copy form by the submission deadline stated above.  Electronic copies will **not** be accepted. Late submissions will **not** be accepted. ### Prizes ### Finalist posters will be displayed at the awards ceremony. Winning posters, once announced will be displayed on the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission website, Facebook page, outreach material, and annual report.   First and second place winners will be chosen for each age group and will be awarded as follows: + 1st Place - $500.00 towards post-secondary college education* + 2nd Place - $250.00 towards post-secondary college education* A $100 incentive for each age group will also be provided for posters that are done in another language, i.e. Spanish, French, Swahili, Kirundi, Vietnamese, etc.  This incentive may be awarded as a “stand alone” award or in "addition to." *If for any reason(s) beyond the applicant’s control, they are unable to accept this award, the Commission will award a comparable prize at their discretion.  ### Judging ### The panel of judges will be comprised of leaders and individuals in our community with background and experience in art, education, fair housing, and related fields.   All entries will initially be reviewed to ensure entries meet all format requirements and the basic criteria listed in the contest rules under "requirements."  The panel of judges will then select the finalists. Community input will be factored into the final decision, rendered by the judges. The posters will be judged on the following criteria: + Originality – is the theme or message conveyed in a new way that is original and unique? + Creativity – is there a creative use of visuals, imagery, and messages? + Content – is the content accurate, factual, and clearly conveyed in a way that makes sense? + Impact – did it create an overall impression, provoke discussion or create a feeling to motivate the reader or viewer to take action? + Community Feedback & Response The decisions of the judges are final and incontestable.  Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and viewing party at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Whipple Auditorium) on Thursday, November 6, 2014. ### Timeline (Updated 12/17/2014)### + Contest is live:  Tuesday, August 5, 2014. + Submission deadline: All posters and registration material must be submitted by 5:00pm Monday, March 30th, 2015. + Judges select finalists: Week of April 6, 2015. + Community vote: Week of April 13, 2015. + Judges final vote: Week of April 20, 2015. + Notify finalists: Wednesday, April 22, 2015. + Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 30, 2015. Enter the poster contest here!
Video contest ========= First and foremost, in submitting your entry, we would like you to consider what fair housing means and why is it important in our community. Some questions to consider: * How does fair housing impact an individual, a neighborhood, a community? * Who is entitled to a home and why? * What are realities that someone without fair housing could experience? * What emotional factors come in to play when someone has a place they can call home? * How can neighborhoods build community pride by supporting Fair Housing? The intention of the video contest is to increase awareness across community members of the right to equal housing opportunities. Cedar Rapids and Marion prohibits discrimination in housing based on: age, color, creed, disability (mental and physical), familial status, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. It is also against the law to discriminate in housing based on association of a protected class and by retaliation in response to a protected activity (i.e., reporting alleged discrimination). Additional information and resources regarding fair housing may be found in the "A Face for Fairness: Housing for All" informational packet on our website, as a pdf document. Grab your smart phones or video cameras, rev up your creativity and show our community how we create here! ###Requirements### * May submit only one entry per category (PSA and Long-Form). * Video Format Requirements: * **PSA** * Each submittal **must** be no longer than 30 seconds, including at least 2 seconds of an end title graphic. * This end title graphic **must** include Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission logo, contact information, and Equal Housing Opportunity Logo. Logos will be emailed upon receipt of the applicant entry form. * For more information see the FAQ's on this topic. * **Long-Form** * The total duration of the video **must** not exceed 10 minutes (excluding titles and credits) and **must** be at least 3 minutes. * For more information see the FAQ's on this topic. * Must explain what fair housing means **and** why it is important in our community. * Include and/or mention at least 2 protected classes (i.e. race, disability, familial status, etc.). * Submissions may utilize all production techniques and genres (e.g., animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist video, and hybrid work) at the discretion of the contestant. * Video submissions will be accepted from an eligible individual or from the designated individual representative of a team. * Each entrant is solely responsible for the information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, and other materials included in the Submission, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted. * A submission must be original and the entrant must: * (1) hold all necessary rights to all the materials, images, videos, graphics and information in the submission, or * (2) have permission from the holder of such rights, or * (3) materials, images, videos, graphics and information in the Submission must be in the public domain. * A submission may not contain offensive, libelous, sexually explicit, disparaging or other inappropriate content and may not defame or otherwise violate the rights, copyrights, trademarks, or rights of publicity, privacy, or reputation of any third party. A submission may not contain any material to promote sale of a product or service. * Non-English entries or any sections containing Non-English dialogue must include English sub-titles. Use of second language is required to be considered for the incentive. See information under **Prizes**. ###Eligibility### The video contest is open to members of the Cultural Corridor. **Must be 18 years of age or older** to participate on a team or submit as an individual. All team members must be 18 years of age or older. All applicants (as an individual or team) must fill out and sign the Applicant Entry Form and submit a signed Release and Authorization Form. If you are submitting as a team, you must elect a lead and they must fill out the applicant entry form as the Lead Applicant. There will be an opportunity to submit other team member names on the applicant entry form. Employees of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and their immediate families and/or members of their households are not eligible to enter this competition. There are two categories for video submittals: * PSA (30 seconds) * Long-Form (3-10 minutes) Each applicant (individual or team) is restricted to only one video submission per category (PSA & long-form). ###Registration### All entrants must fill out and submit the Applicant Entry Form online or in person at the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, 50 Second Avenue Bridge, 7th Floor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. All entrants must sign a release and authorization form as part of the registration process. Entries must be submitted by Monday, March 30, 2015 (at midnight). It is highly recommended not to wait until the last minute to submit your entry, in order to avoid any technical issues. Late entries will **not** be accepted. ###Prizes### Winning videos will be shown during the viewing party and awards ceremony. The winning videos will also be featured on the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission website, Facebook page, and education and outreach presentations on fair housing. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen for each video category (PSA & long-form). The winners will be awarded as follows. * **PSA** * 1st Place - $1500* * 2nd Place - $1000* * 3rd Place - $500* * **Long-form** * 1st Place - $1500* * 2nd Place - $1000* * 3rd Place - $500* * Up to **$500.00** incentive per category for a video that is done in another language (i.e. Spanish, French, Swahili, Kirundi, Vietnamese, etc.). This incentive may be awarded as a “stand alone” award or in “addition to.”* *If for any reasons beyond the applicant’s control, they are unable to accept this award, the Commission will award a comparable prize at their discretion. Prize funds will be distributed to an individual winner, to the designated individual representative of the winning team or to a charitable organization designated by the team representative. By submitting the video for a team, the team representative stipulates that he or she has the approval of the team members to represent them. Such stipulation once made shall be irrevocable and unchangeable. CRCRC accepts no responsibility for apportioning winnings or for adjudicating disputes of any kind among team members. The winners and prizes of the contest will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Whipple Auditorium). ###Judging### The panel of judges will be comprised of leaders and individuals in our community with background and experience in art, education, fair housing, and related fields. All entries will initially be reviewed to ensure entries meet all format requirements and the basic criteria listed in the contest rules under media specifications. The panel of judges will then select the finalists. Community input will be factored into the final decision, rendered by the judges. The videos will be judged on the following criteria: * Originality – is the theme or message conveyed in a new way that is original and unique? * Creativity – is there a creative use of visuals, imagery, music, and messages? * Content – is the content accurate, factual, and clearly conveyed in a way that makes sense? * Impact – did it create an overall impression, provoke discussion or create a feeling to motivate the reader or viewer to take action? * Community Feedback & Response The decisions of the judges are final and incontestable. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and viewing party at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (Whipple Auditorium) on Thursday, April 30, 2015. ###Timeline (Updated 12/17/2014)### * Contest is Live: Tuesday, August 5, 2014. * Submission deadline: All videos and registration material must be submitted by midnight on Monday, March 30th, 2015. * Judges select finalists: Week of April 6, 2015. * Community vote: Week of April 13, 2015. * Judges final vote: Week of April 20, 2015. * Notify finalists: Wednesday, April 22, 2015. * Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 30, 2015. Enter the video contest here!
Fair Housing Contest FAQ's ========================= ##Poster Contest:## ### 1. What is the deadline? ### The deadline for the Fair Housing Poster Contest is 5:00pm on Monday, March 30, 2015. You must provide poster identification information on the back of your poster entry, and sign a release and authorization form to complete the applicant entry process. You may submit in-person or via postal mail at the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission office: Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission ATTN Fair Housing and Poster Contest 50 Second Avenue Bridge 7th Floor Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ### 2. If I am not a United States Citizen, am I allowed to participate in the contest? ### Any youth of the Cedar Rapids or Marion community is welcome and encouraged to participate in this contest. ### 3. Where can I find more information on Fair Housing? ### Please feel free to use the following online resources to learn more about fair housing: + Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission: www.cedar-rapids.org/civilrights + National Fair Housing Alliance: www.nationalfairhousing.org www.nationalfairhousing.org + HUD - Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp. We also encourage you to visit the Cedar Rapids Public Library as well, as the Marion Public Library. We have also provided additional information on fair housing in a pdf information packet for this contest. ### 4. Who do I contact if I have additional questions? ### If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission by email at civilrights@cedar-rapids.org or by phone at (319) 286-5036. ##Video Contest:## ### 1. How many people can be on a team? ### There is no limit to the number of people that can be on a team, but each team must elect one team representative who will serve as the lead applicant. This person will submit the team’s entry and manage the application process as the lead applicant. Please note prize funds will be distributed to an individual applicant, to the designated individual representative of the winning team or to a non-profit/charitable organization (at the Commission’s discretion) designated by the team representative. **IMPORTANT:** By submitting the video for a team, the team representative stipulates that he or she has the approval of the team members to represent them. Such stipulation once made shall be irrevocable and unchangeable. CRCRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for apportioning winnings or for adjudicating disputes of any kind among team members. All team members, including the team representative (lead) must be 18 years of age or older. ### 2. Can I use clips from copyrighted commercials, movies or television shows or music? ### Yes, only if you have obtained copyright permission. ### 3. What is the deadline? ### The registration and submission deadline is Monday, April 30, 2015 by midnight. **IMPORTANT: ** Please make sure your e-mail address is accurate and correct on your applicant entry form. It is highly recommended not to wait until the final deadline to avoid technical issues. Late entries will not be accepted. ### 4. What are the technical expectations for my video? ### The expectation is for the PSA to be in final form and television ready. The long form video will be used during training and conferences in professional settings. Your video must be made to a standard where it will not look out of place in those contexts. Clear, high quality audio is a must. You can record and edit using any equipment you want as long as the results look and sound great. You must include at least two protected classes in your video. The protected classes for Cedar Rapids and Marion are age, color, creed, disability (mental and physical), familial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Marion also covers "lawful source of income" as a protected class. It is also against the local law, as stated in the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights and Marion Ordinance, to discriminate in housing based on association with a protected class and by retaliation in response to a protected activity (i.e. reporting alleged discrimination to a landlord/property manager, or filing a complaint with the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission). ### 5. Tell me more about the specific requirements for the PSA? ### The PSA must be 30 seconds long - no more, no less. The ending of the PSA must use the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Logo and the Equal Housing Opportunity logo. The video must explain what fair housing means, why it is important in our community and provide contact information for the Civil Rights Commission if they feel they have been discriminated against. ### 6. What resolution should my video be? ### Your video must be recorded in HD, at least 720P, but preferably 1080P. Please do not submit your video in resolutions higher than 1080P. ### 7. What format should my submitted video be? ### We are using Vimeo (vimeo.com) to host the videos for this contest. Vimeo supports almost every format. However they do say they prefer H.264 (these files usually have a ".mp4" extension). Check out their guide here: https://vimeo.com/help/compression to make sure the format you want to submit your video in is supported. ### 8. How do I submit my videos? ### We are accepting submissions through FTP. At the start of the submission window you will receive an email with login info for the FTP server. You can use an FTP client to send us your video. If you don’t know what FTP client you should use you can check out Vimeo’s recommended clients (https://vimeo.com/help/faq/uploading-to-vimeo/uploading-with-ftp#what-ftp-client-should-i-use). ### 9. What if I can't get FTP to work? ### If you cannot get FTP to work, email Ben.Kaplan@kcrg.com during the submission window and notify him that you are having technical difficulties ASAP.. If FTP will not work for you send us a Dropbox, Mega, Google Drive, etc. link to a downloadable copy of your video. ### 10. If I am not a United States citizen, am I allowed to participate in the video contest? ### Any members of the Cedar Rapids or Marion, Iowa communities are welcome and encouraged to participate in this contest. ### 11. Where can I find more information on Fair Housing?### Please feel free to use the following online resources to learn more about fair housing: + Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission: www.cedar-rapids.org/civilrights + National Fair Housing Alliance: www.nationalfairhousing.org www.nationalfairhousing.org + HUD - Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp. We also encourage you to visit the Cedar Rapids Public Library, as well as the Marion Public Library. We have also provided additional information on fair housing in a pdf information packet for this contest. ### 12. Who do I contact if I have additional questions? ### If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission by email at civilrights@cedar-rapids.org or by phone at (319) 286-5036.