Showcase Terms And Conditions


iN Education’s mission statement

Our mission as a youth development organization is to guide youth through programs and services that address social-emotional learning, career exploration, life coaching, and mentoring. We teach youth the transferable skills necessary for success in the workforce; we provide the essential guidance and resources to achieve higher education levels. We emphasize the importance of continuing education and highlight the connection between education and individual creativity. We achieve this by offering career-awareness/training programs and art-focused activities and events, along with our original e-publications on educational topics.

As an Ohio-based 501 c (3), we rely on generous donations and funding support from the community and local foundations. These funds are not guaranteed and vary from year to year. We thank all our accountability partners, board members, advisory board members, committee members, staff and volunteers, parents, and everyone who supports our mission in their capacity. Without you, this program will not happen.

Diversity and inclusion statement

We made it our top mission to offer equal opportunities for education, employment, and positive art and culture expression to all the diverse communities we passionately serve, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious beliefs, marital status, age, disability or military status. iN Education’s model is “Your journey, your impact, our future.” We strive to enrich and empower everyone we serve with our educational and art programming and services designed to reflect the true beauty of education and self-actualization.

Competitive Program Environment Statement

Participation in our upcoming Battle of the Teal program and showcase is a choice you make. We want to ensure that you walk away with an enjoyable experience. It is indeed a big decision for any emerging visual and/or performing artist. Participating in the showcase empowers you to select beneficial items that fit your specific needs and goals as you complete your online application. Simply select all that apply or choose “All of the above” on the Google form. 

  • My art submission is to be presented just for fun.
  • My art submission is to be published in the Battle of the Teal Yearbook.
  • I’d like to receive feedback from the adjudication panel.
  • I will accept any prize, award, or experience.
  • If I am selected to be “Best in Show,” I will accept a scholarship award.
  • I want one entry into the exclusive Battle of the Teal raffle prize.
  • I would like to be a part of the Battle of the Teal art network.
  • All the above.

There are a few things to consider in preparing for this life-changing experience, and our production team is with you every step of the way.

Our goal is to prepare all participating artists in the Battle of the Teal program for the showcase’s review process.  We strive to provide a healthy, educational, and enriching experience to those we serve. If you have selected to receive feedback from the adjudication panel, you will receive the feedback once the scoring is complete. All feedback is meant to be a helpful and positive learning experience and help artists work on their strengths and weaknesses and improve their craft. All feedback is intended to be unbiased. Feedback are opinions of the elected adjudication panel members based on their expertise and predetermined criteria.

The showcase processes are meant to be fun, educational, supportive, and helpful to all participating artists.

The Battle of the Teal staff and volunteers, including but not limited to the Executive Team, Advisory Board, Adjudication Panel, and Art Network (collectively called the “Battle of the Teal Team”), will do their best to:

  •         Create a welcoming and educational environment for all applicants
  •         Prepare all applicants to receive constructive feedback during the process
  •         Inform all applicants about the processes, rules, and expectations of the showcase
  •         Guide applicants through coaching and mentoring activities connected with the program

Declaration of originality

By entering into the Battle of the Teal art showcase, I affirm that all of the submitted work/portfolio item(s) is /are the original creation(s) of the artist (me, further “Applicant”). iN Education is not responsible for any intellectual property infringement by the applicant. The applicant will be solely responsible for their acts. Suppose, at any stage of our discovery process, it is found that the applicant has any mala fide intentions or is causing any violation. In that case, they will be disqualified with a subsequent intimation to the candidate.


Art Categories


Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation. (“National Core Arts Standards” 2014)

  • DANCE: Movement, Performance, Choreography, Folkloric
  • MUSIC: Vocal Performance, Songwriting, Instrumental Performance, Composition, Choral Performance
  • THEATER: Acting, Directing
  • MIXED: Storytelling, Mime, Oral History, Spoken Word. 
  • OTHER: Forms of original authentic expressions.

Any performing art form(s) deemed as an artistic, age-appropriate, and tasteful form of expression by the applicant. 


Interpreting and sharing artistic work AND realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work. (“National Core Arts Standards” 2014)

  • PAINTING: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
  • DRAWING: Pencil, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Conte, Oil Pastel
  • PRINTMAKING: Silk Screen, Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving
  • SCULPTURE: Clay, Found Objects, Wire, Assemblage, Ceramics
  • MEDIA ARTS: Photography, Graphic Design, Computer Arts, Animation, Filmmaking, Videography
  • OTHER: Forms of original authentic expressions.

Any visual art form(s) deemed as an artistic, age-appropriate, and tasteful form of expression by the applicant.

 Showcase Divisions

There are three showcase divisions for both Visual and Performing art categories. Showcase divisions follow:

  • Elementary division (K-K4), 
  • Middle division (K5-K8), and
  • High division (K9-K12).

Your Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. Information submitted is voluntary. Any personal details submitted by you for program features and activities will not be sold to a third party. iN Education will use this information to connect with you for the purpose of awards/prizes delivery and other relevant digital or oral communication. We are mindful and aware of the social-emotional wellness of all applicants by allowing video, audio, or written introductions.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, connect with us before submitting any information and let us know how we can be more accommodating.  Email:

Privacy Policy |


Opening and Deadline

K-12 applicants will have the option to submit their artistic expressions beginning on the posted date and ending on the deadline before 11:59 p.m. EST during the respective year.  

General Details

Applicant’s name, communication details, artist’s statement about the showcase piece, showcase division, and art form.

Submission Guidelines

K-12 applicants with artistic talent in visual and performing art categories can submit one application for each category. 

Award Acceptance

Since each applicant has different needs, wants, desires, or reasons for participating in the showcase, we wish to empower them to select their reasons. The ability to choose from the options could mean the world to an applicant who may put added stress on showcasing to another level. Options range from simply showcasing for fun to receiving prizes or awards. As an organization, we are mindful of each applicant’s feelings and their social-emotional and mental health and wellness. 

Minimum portfolio requirements

At least one completed showcase piece, either visual (high-resolution image or media arts) or performance art (captured on high-quality video or audio).

Any artistic expression that meets the above-described criteria produced within the last twelve months is allowed.

Live Events

Applicants who opt-in on the showcase application may be notified about the opportunities to perform or exhibit live during one or more of our upcoming events (pre-shows and showcase award ceremony).

Applicants may also be invited to attend or participate in festivals, concerts, or other iN Education events. Details of the opportunity will be provided. Applicants can choose to accept or decline volunteer or gig work opportunities. 

Ownership and license (video law)

Ownership of any submission shall remain the property of the applicant. However, entry into this program constitutes the applicant’s irrevocable permission and consent that the iN Education and affiliates may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for iN Education’s purposes, including posting images to social media profiles and web pages. The iN Education is not responsible for lost or damaged entries. Submission of entry into the Battle of the Teal art showcase(s) constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.

Constructive Feedback

The feedback of the adjudication panel members or other reviewers is / may be subjective; this is not a reflection of your lack of abilities or creativity but merely an opinion. Opinions may vary from person to person. We encourage you to continue expressing yourself through the chosen art form(s) and continue being creative. The Battle of the Teal team is here to support you. We encourage you to reach out to us and tell us about your experience.


Scorecard rubrics (1-4 scale)

Annual Showcase – Adjudication Panel

Art industry professionals from across Northeast Ohio and beyond are nominated to join the adjudication panel each season. To be selected, they must actively practice their art form and accept the responsibility of providing valuable feedback to showcase applicants without bias.

Visual Arts: 1. Technical use of material/craftsmanship, 2. Meaning/ Context, 3. Creativity/ Originality, 4. Composition/Design

Performing Arts: 1. Preparation and preparedness, 2. Expression, characterization, and technique; 3. Appearance, presentation, and comfort level in front of the camera; 4. Creativity, originality, and energy.

Other Showcases (1-4 scale)

Requested or newly-created showcases implemented anytime during the year 

iN Education will accept requests from authorized representatives from School Districts or community organizations to host its own stand-alone Battle of the Teal showcase. 

Showcase judges – invited community participants/ guests – will be scoring one or all showcase applicants on a scale from 1 to 4, with four being the best.


Our advisory board members play a role in auditing and validating the results.

Showcase Awards

Award Categories

There are four categories of awards offered to division winners. Continuing education scholarships, cash awards, prizes (tangible goods), iN Education hosted experiences or services, and Community donated experiences, goods, and services. We reserve the right to add other over-the-top special prizes (s) that will sweeten the pot for participants who are looking for excitement. Announcements will be made through social media.

Showcase Winners

“Best in Show”

Annual showcase

This prestigious award is offered only during the annual showcase each year. The top score average received from all divisions and across all visual and performing art categories will be awarded the “Best in Show” title. The “Best in Show” can claim their scholarship award upon successful high school graduation and proof of enrollment into higher education institutions. In the event a student within any division is nominated as “Best in Show” and not graduating within that particular year, their scholarship award will be held at Edward Jones. This third party maintains iN Education’s scholarship account. They will receive a scholarship based on total donations raised towards iN Education’s scholarship fund. The minimum amount of the scholarship award is $250. If a group of artists is awarded “Best in Show,” the scholarship will be split between group members. The “Best in Show” will also enjoy the winnings for 1st place in their division and category: see Division and Category Winner section below. 

See below sections entitled “Criteria for Academic Scholarships” for complete details.

Founders’ Pick

Annual showcase

This special award is offered only during the annual showcase each year. The Founder of iN Education, DeAndre Nixon, will choose one artist or a group from all submitted applicants. There are no restrictions on division or category, nor is there any restriction on the score given by the Adjudication Panel. They will receive a cash award (minimum of $100) at the sole discretion of the Founder.

Division & category winners

Annual & Other showcases

The winner is the highest-scoring applicant in their respective division and art category.

1st Place – all divisions (individuals and groups)

  • Choose $100 cash to go towards anything. 
  • Get featured on our Zealousness blog (optional) – see examples Battle of the Teal_FS – iN Education Inc. (
  • Receive one complimentary life coaching “Advancing Yourself” session – including personality, passion, and values assessment. Schedule your session within one calendar year.   
  • Be displayed on the respective page of the expressions gallery for the respective year 
  • Be acknowledged within the margins of Battle of the Teal’s Yearbook for the current season.
  • Your work will be archived and become part of the Battle of the Teal’s history. 

School Art Teacher Award

Annual showcases

Teachers do a lot for our community and play a vital role in the development of youth. They deserve to be recognized for this, so we want to acknowledge and award them. The teacher will be nominated and elected by the Battle of the Teal Art Advisory Board members based on their students’ involvement and advocacy of the arts and education among youth.

  • Choose $100 cash to go towards anything.
  • Attend an award ceremony (if applicable) to receive the award. 
  • Teacher’s Featured article on Zealousness blog (optional).
  • Video testimonial featured on the expressions gallery for the respective year 
  • Invitation to become a Battle of the Teal art network member.
  • Complimentary presentation/workshop of your choice from the Battle of the Teal art network.

Raffle prize

Each showcase applicant (K-12 student) will have one entry into our exclusive Battle of the Teal raffle drawing. The drawing will take place after the application submission deadline and will be announced together with the showcase winners. They will have the option to be featured in our Yearbook and share their testimonial with our constituents. They will also have the opportunity to decline the prize and pass it on to another applicant of their choice.

Criteria for Academic Scholarships

The “Best in Show” can claim their scholarship award upon successful high school graduation and proof of enrollment into higher education institutions. In the event a student within any division is nominated as “Best in Show” and not graduating within that particular year, their scholarship award will be held at Edward Jones. This third party maintains iN Education’s scholarship account. They will receive a scholarship based on total donations raised towards iN Education’s scholarship fund. The minimum amount of the scholarship award is $250. 

Award Guidelines for Academic Scholarships

To be eligible for scholarship payment, all applicants for academic scholarships must provide written proof of enrollment in the program for which a scholarship is sought before the funds will be released.  Proof of enrollment must be sent directly to us from the trade school, personal development program, college, or university at which the applicant plans to use the scholarship. 

This generally entails the form of a letter from the registrar’s office.  Instructions for submission of proof of enrollment will be provided to successful applicants.  Proof of enrollment must document the following:

  •         Enrollment in the fall semester of the application year
  •         Number of credits for which the student is enrolled
  •         Student enrollment status (full-time/part-time)
  •         Level of study (undergraduate//trade/professional development)
  •         Program of study

Unless otherwise specified, scholarships are given for only one (1) academic year. The academic year for which the scholarship is provided will be identified in the award.

Successful applicants will be awarded only one (1) scholarship or award per calendar year.

Notice of Academic Scholarship Award

  •         Initial notice to scholarship finalists will be sent via email to the address provided on the application.
  •         We will ask for final enrollment verification, a signature of the promotional release, and educational records release documents. The scholarship is not officially awarded until the finalist(s) return the required documents.
  •         Final notice of awarded scholarships will be sent to each finalist via email and postal mail after verification is completed.

Applicants who are awarded an academic scholarship will have three weeks from the date of notification to submit proof of enrollment and tax forms. The scholarship offer will be withdrawn if documentation is not submitted before the deadline. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis if extenuating circumstances are demonstrated.

Disbursement of an award

The scholarship payment will be made by check and sent on behalf of students who are studying in the U.S. at the university address provided during the verification process. Students studying outside of the U.S. will receive the payment by wire transfer or other accommodations. Scholarship finalists will be responsible for all online / wire transfer fees, including but not limited to processing fees or other fees associated with disbursement other than traditional check payment.

In the event of a surplus balance (the difference between the cost of college and the amount of the scholarship award), said amount can be transferred over to any post-secondary education, including but not limited to any certification or licensing (same rules for disbursement apply).

Scholarship applicant awardee(s) may use the awarded scholarship amount towards class books. To be reimbursed for books, the awardee(s) must provide us with a copy of the receipt. Reimbursement will be processed by check or direct deposit only. Processing may take up to seven business days from the day that the proof of purchase was provided. 

Copyright © 2016-2023 BATTLE OF THE TEAL, an iN Education, Inc. Art Program