Design a Mask for the Japan Foundation’s Mask Up 2020 Campaign!

Hey, all of you creative and crafty types—and I know there are a lot of you out there! —the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership is hosting a mask contest!

Wearing masks has become an essential part of weathering the COVID-19 storm, and many of you have learned how to make beautiful face coverings as pandemic projects.

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership will reward your skills in their Mask Up 2020 campaign. Mask Up 2020 is open to all amateur artists of all ages living in the U.S. who can create an original design. Your concept should reflect your ideas about the U.S.-Japan relationship.

The winning designs will be printed on masks and distributed to interested medical institutions and nonprofit Japan-related organizations. Just think; your design could help keep people safe during the pandemic!

Winners will receive gift cards from Kinokuniya and Blick Art and 25 face masks with your winning design!

Flex your sewing fingers quickly because the deadline is Friday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

Highlights of the Mask Up 2020 Submission Guidelines

😷 Entrant must be an amateur

😷 Design must be 100% original and cannot contain any copyrighted characters

😷 Must fit within the parameters of the CGP’s mask design template (click here to download)

😷 Maximum of five colors

Please click here or full submission information. To download the entry and release form, please click here.

Mask Up 2020 Judges

😷 Rama Chorpash — Associate Professor of Product Design, Parsons School of Design, School of Constructed Environments

😷 Julie Pastor — Curatorial Assistant, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

😷 Jean-Emmanuel Shein — Global Director, Sustainability UNIQLO USA LLC. / Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. Japan in New York

😷 Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi — Consul General of Japan in New York

😷 Yasuko Uchida — Director, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

😷 Masaya Shimoyama — Director General, The Japan Foundation, New York

Mask Up 2020 Timeline

😷 Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 by 6:00 p.m. EST

😷 Voting: February 8 – 17, 2021

😷 Winners announced: March 1, 2021

For more information, please visit the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s Mask Up 2020 website. Good luck! I can’t wait to see your winning design!