“Mask Up 2020” U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest

Call for submissions

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we all learned that face masks are important in preventing the transmission of the virus. Unique and personalized masks have become fashionable, to protect our neighbors and ourselves in style. In response to the increasing need for masks during this pandemic and as face masks have long been a staple of everyday life in Japan, The Japan Foundation, New York and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York are holding the “U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest 2020.”

We are looking for a wide range of U.S.-based participants, kids to adults, Japanese language learners to art and design students, as well as manga and anime lovers. The winning designs will be produced and donated to medical institutions and U.S.-Japan related nonprofit organizations and the winners will receive gift cards to Kinokuniya and Blick Art Materials, in addition to 25 of the masks they designed. The winning designs will be announced on March 1 on the JF/CGPNY YouTube Channel.

Participation is free.
For contest guidelines, information about the judges, and articles related to face mask culture in Japan, please visit our website: https://cgp.org/maskup2020
Submission Deadline: January 22, 2021

ABOUT THE JAPAN FOUNDATION CENTER FOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP: The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within The Japan Foundation in April 1991 with offices in both Tokyo and New York. CGP is dedicated to strengthening the global U.S.-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership through grant programs and self-initiated projects.

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