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2020 Residents' Rights Month Resident's Voice Challenge

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Submissions for the 2020 Resident's Voice Challenge have closed.  See this year's submissions here.

Residents of long-term care are invited to creatively respond to the 2020 Residents’ Rights Month theme "Connection Matters."

How to Participate:

This year, we'll be selecting original resident artwork to be featured on a series of postcards.

  • Create a piece of art that reflects why connections matter to you or how you stay connected.
  • Types of artwork submissions: drawings, paintings, sketches, original photography - get creative!
  • Submissions must be produced by a long-term care consumer or consumers.
  • We will select some resident artwork to be featured on the Consumer Voice website and on postcards available in the Consumer Voice online store. Send postcards to resident, family and friends as a way to stay connected while visiting is difficult.
  • Residents will be notified if their artwork has been selected. Residents whose artwork is selected will receive a set of postcards.
  • Review the full guidelines for entry here.

How to Submit Artwork:

  • Email: Take a high-resolution photo of your artwork* and email the JPG or PNG file to info@theconsumervoice.org as an attachment. Is your file too large to email? Send us a note at info@theconsumervoice.org and we can arrange the transfer of large files.


  • Mail: Send the original version of your artwork to our office (use large, sturdy envelopes or mailing tubes if needed).  Address as:

Consumer Voice
Attn: Resident’s Voice Challenge
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 632
Washington, DC 20036

*If a resident appears in a photo with their artwork, they must sign a photo release form.

Deadline for submissions is September 11, 2020.

Alternatively, residents can respond to the Resident’s Voice Challenge in writing or via video. Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you stay connected and engaged with your family and members of your community?  Why is it important to stay connected?
  • What are new ways that connection and communication have been maintained during the pandemic?  It could be connections with family and friends, members of the larger community, or connections within the facility, such as with other residents and staff.
  • What has been the impact of no outside visitors being permitted into your long-term care facility?
  • What are the challenges to staying connected and how can they be overcome? What resources or supports are needed?

Possible entries include:

Video or audio recordings, poems, essays, word collages, songs, artwork or drawings, or photos.  Get creative!

Each participant featured in a photo or video must fill out a release form.

Mail or email submissions by September 11, 2020 to:



Consumer Voice
Attn: Resident's Voice Submission
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 632
Washington, DC 20036

Find full guidelines for entry here.

Questions? Email info@theconsumervoice.org.