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“In God We Trust” Art Contest

Salt & Light Global announces an Art Contest to help high school students learn about the amazing history of our national motto: In God We Trust.


The motto, In God We Trust, first appeared on American currency 150 years ago in 1864. Previously, the phrase appeared in a stanza of The Star Spangled Banner. By an act of Congress signed by President Eisenhower, In God We Trust became the official motto of the United States. Now engraved on government buildings and monuments, the motto remains a central part of the history of our nation.


Guidelines for Educational and Historical Art Contest*

  1. Deadline for entry is April 1, 2014. One entry per student.
  2. The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors residing in the state of Michigan.**
  3. Create any form of art, including but not limited to a poster, painting, sculpture, graphic design, short video, wood construction, ceramic, metal, tapestry, etc.
  4. The words "In God We Trust" must be included in the medium in some way; size and dimension is limited to 5' x 3' if a painting, mural, poster, or tapestry, etc; there are no restrictions on color; entry must not be repurposed artwork.
  5. All entries must be photographed and submitted in electronic format (JPEG, PDF, etc.) to by April 1, 2014. The winners must make their original works available for display.
  6. Judges will make a decision by April 15, 2014. Presentation of awards will be on April 22, the anniversary of the inclusion of "In God We Trust" on our coins. 
  7. Awards will be given to the students whose artwork best celebrates the inclusion of "In God We Trust" on our national coins, a decision made in 1864 at the end of the Civil War. 

* Please also review the Contest Rules and Legal Disclaimer.

** Members and employees of sponsors (and their immediate families) are not eligible to participate in contest entry.



One $2500 Grand Prize Award,

Two $1000 second place awards, and

Ten $500 third place awards


To help high school juniors and seniors better understand this important part of our nation's heritage, Salt & Light Global sponsors this art contest with cash prizes. The deadline for entry is April 1, 2014. Salt & Light Global plans to present the awards on April 22, 2014 at the Michigan Capitol. All created artwork must include and honor the phrase In God We Trust. To learn more about the contest, please send an email to or call Gina Johnsen 517-775-1637.


Salt & Light Global is a non-profit educational organization working with communities, promoting good governance, and preserving the blessings of liberty.

Written by Gina Johnsen at 00:00

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