USCIS National Children's Art Project

Art by Angeli W. from the Peace Art Exhibit sponsored by
the Global Peace Film Festival, Orlando, FL
Photo by W. Doromal
June 16, 2010

Here is an opportunity for children to participate in a meaningful art project and to reflect on the diversity of the American family!

(USCIS) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has commissioned an art project for children across the United States to create images depicting their interpretation of the theme, “We Are America.” This project asks children to draw pictures that answer the question “People have come from all over the world to become Americans. Why does that make us great?”

USCIS will collaborate on this project with public libraries and other community-based organizations serving America’s immigrant communities this summer. USCIS will display submissions in offices across the country and will recognize participants during the 2010 celebration of the “September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

To obtain a submission form, children may either stop by the nearest USCIS office or print one from the USCIS website at

To participate in the project, children must be between 5-12 years of age as of Sept. 11, 2010.

All art submissions must be:

On 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 inch paper in any medium including: paint, crayons, markers, colored pencils or collage

Accompanied by a short paragraph (2-3 sentences) that explains how the picture relates to the project theme, “We Are America” and answers the question “People have come from all over the world to become Americans. Why does that make us great?”

If you are unable to obtain the official submission form, you may send your art to any USCIS field office in the United States, via mail, accompanied with the following information:

Artist Name


Birth Date


Email (optional)

Street Address (optional)


Name(s) and signature of parents or guardian

Are your parents or other family members employees of USCIS?

How did you hear about this project?

Please note that USCIS will be unable to return submissions; they will become property of USCIS. Artwork will be displayed at USCIS Headquarters in Washington D.C., in USCIS offices nationwide and a select number of submissions will be posted on

You can mail or drop off submissions at your local USCIS office. To find the address of your local office please visit our website at: or call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283. You must address all mailed entries to the “USCIS National Children’s Art Project.” Mailed entries should be postmarked no later then Aug. 16.

For questions or inquiries about the USCIS National Children’s Art Project please email