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Actually Curious

Move over Cuffing Season, Connection Season is here!

This Holiday Season, Actually Curious welcomes you to explore love and empathy by submitting designs that spark meaningful discussions which bring us closer together.

We’re activating the art community by partnering with Threadless and Curious Publishing to bring you this exciting collaboration to give designers the opportunity to amplify their work, get paid, and give a gift that inspires connection, love + empathy.

More about this partnership:
Actually Curious is the conversation card game and movement to spread empathy.
The game uses the science and psychology of trust building and emotional connection to activate your natural ability to empathize with others. Actually Curious has generated quite a bit of buzz and press over the past couple of years, and has been featured by the likes of New York Times, Refinery29, Health, Well+Good, and was even featured on Beyoncé’s Black Parade list.

Since 2000, Threadless has activated the online community to bring you original designs by artists like you through its unique online platform where designs are voted on. Threadless celebrates and supports the creative expression that drives cultural change, and loves art that sparks a conversation. Threadless is both a brave space for artists to share their designs and a safe space for all identities to find art that supports the things they care about

Curious Publishing is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization, and is 100% artist-owned and operated since 2017. They tell the stories of artists of all practices through one-of-a-kind, small-run art books designed and printed in Southern California. They celebrate the rich diaspora of Inland Empire, Womxn, BIPOC, and Queer Artists first and foremost.

Prompts:
- What does empathy mean to you?
- What are you willing to fight for?
- How do you love?

Rules:
- Submissions open from November 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022
- Must contain one or more of the following words or phrases in any language:
    - Actually Curious
    - Empathy
    - Love
    - Curiosity
    - Compassion
    - Justice
    - Freedom
    - Human Rights
    - Connection
    - Community

Typefaces we love:

Designs we love:

Style Guide:
Actually Curious leans on this palette when creating designs. However, we are interested in what your creative brain comes up with! Here’s somewhere to start from when creating designs that resonate with our unique brand. Artistic license is highly encouraged.

Design examples:
WE ARE ONE by Pez Banana
EMPATHY IS COOL by ThePeachFuzz
CO OP ER A TION by ninhol
BLUE DOT by ninhol

You could win

  • First Place (1): $1,000 Cash + $250 Gift Code + all four editions of Actually Curious: The Curiosity Edition, The Happy Hour Edition, The Culture Edition, and the Human Rights Edition + 1 year subscription to CURIOUS Magazine

  • Second Place (1): $250 gift code + all four editions of Actually Curious: The Curiosity Edition, The Happy Hour Edition, The Culture Edition, and the Human Rights Edition + 1 year subscription to CURIOUS Magazine

  • Third Place (1): $250 gift code + all four editions of Actually Curious: The Curiosity Edition, The Happy Hour Edition, The Culture Edition, and the Human Rights Edition

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Submission kit

An Artist Shop is required to submit. If you do not have one, one will be created for you automatically when you click the "Submit A Design" button.

Note: Designs submitted to this challenge cannot be published for sale without approval.

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