2020 VISION Showcase and Expo

Title Sponsor: Each spring SPARK! hosts the Student Creativity Showcase to recognize the diversity of creative expression by local youth. This year, students are encouraged to submit responses to the question “How will your creativity change the world?” using a variety of creative disciplines. Top submissions will be selected by a judging panel made up of members of the Dallas community and the top three submissions will have a chance to give their version of a ”SPARK! Talk” at the 2020 VISION Expo.

You can submit your creative project here.

What can you expect?

Innovative ideas – from both adults and children

Immersive projects – with take-homes to keep you thinking

Dynamic conversation – about how creativity can move us forward

Sponsorship information can be found here.


Showcase Overview:

Students are encouraged to submit responses to this question using at least one of a variety of creative disciplines, including: dance, visual arts, theater, music, writing, engineering, architecture, culinary skills, technology, and more! Submissions may be done by individuals or groups (within the same grade levels).

The Showcase is open to all students and organizations: schools, scouts, nonprofits, any group that serves this age student. This showcase is a great way to help students explore and engage their creativity, start a conversation inside classrooms about the importance of creativity, earn a badge, and reinforce the critical message that all children are creative.


  • To encourage children to think about their creativity in real-world applications and educate on the importance of creativity

Open to:

  • All students 2nd grade through high school
  • Click on Information icon at right for a downloadable information page


  • Open Submissions: Students are invited to upload images, videos, and electronic pieces. This initial round will be reviewed and finalists will be selected in each category.  Be prepared to share in 150 words or less:
    • a summary of your submission
    • what inspired you about your project
    • how your project will change the world, bring about new ideas, perspectives and or outcomes to help better our society?
  • Finalist Judging: Top 60 finalists will be asked to drop off physical entries at SPARK! for juried voting – both by a judging panel and the online community. Finalists will receive information to encourage friends and family to vote.  All finalists’ entries will be on display during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 and at the SPARK! 2020 VISION Expo celebration event on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. Free admission for all.  The Expo is an innovation summit open to all; teachers, classmates, and families of the winners are encouraged to attend.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 20 – Submission Deadline
  • Friday, March 27 – Announcement of Finalists
  • Sunday, April 5 – Last day for Finalists to deliver physical pieces to SPARK!
    • May deliver between Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, April 5
      • Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
      • Saturday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
      • Sunday: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday, April 18 – Showcase Awards Ceremony
  • Sunday, May 3 – Last day to pick up submissions

Submission Categories:

Visual Arts Performing Arts STEM Other Grade Brackets
  • 2D & 3D Art
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Woodworking
  • Visual Arts – Other
  • Dance
  • Music, instrumental and/or vocal
  • Theater, comedy, Improv, Monologues, Set Design, Costuming
  • Spoken Word, prose
  • Performing Arts – Other
  • Coding
  • Software development
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • STEM – Other
  • Writing
  • Culinary
  • Fashion Design (including but not limited to: clothing, accessories, jewelry)
  • Other
  Grades 2 – 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12

Submission Details:

The open submission, or first round of the competition takes place digitally. Students are asked to submit photos, videos, or electronic files that represent their unique expression of creativity and allow judges to see their creativity. While this is an excellent opportunity for classrooms or groups, mass submissions of like items will not be accepted. In other words, teachers are encouraged to engage children by having them determine what their submission may be, not instructing the class on what to submit. Each submission must be uploaded individually. File size for upload is restricted to 1MB. From the first round of open submissions, the top 60 submissions will be selected as “Finalists” and move on to the second and final round of judging.

For the second round of judging, finalists will be asked to deliver a physical representation of their winning project to SPARK!  All finalist submissions will be included in the April 2019 Creativity Showcase. No submission may have a footprint larger than 4’ x 4’ or be taller than 8’. Culinary or any “perishable” submission will be sent via a printed recipe or description and a visual of the item.

Teachers, a downloadable informational flyer is available here for distribution to your students.