Distinction: Street Banner Art Competition

The Flatbush Avenue BID is hosting Distinction: Street Banner Art Competition which includes a pop-up gallery.  The art competition invites local novice and professional visual artists to submit artwork based on the theme. A select number of artists will move to the gallery phase of the competition where their work will be displayed in participating businesses in the BID. The public, in conjunction with a panel of judges will vote for the finalists.  The final phase will be the unveiling where the finalist’s artwork will appear on sponsored street banners that will be displayed across the Flatbush Avenue BID – which stretches for approximately one mile along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road – for about one year.


By definition, distinction is excellence that sets someone or something apart from others. The Flatbush Avenue BID sits in the heart of the Flatbush neighborhood and at the crossroads of two major Brooklyn streets (Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue) in a borough that boasts a considerably high concentration of people of Caribbean heritage. From the retail mix to the restaurants to the overall vibe, the heritage is something unique to be celebrated as it adds to the Brooklyn flavor. Artists are to create artwork with this theme of distinction in mind.


The winning artwork that will be installed on the banners will have to be replicated on a very large scale (banners will be 3′ wide by 8′ high). Therefore, there are very specific guidelines that will need to be followed when artwork is created. Please be sure to read the guidelines carefully and contact us if there are any questions.

  • Click the following link for the guidelines Distinction – Guidelines
  • All submissions will require a release form, signed by the artist. Click here for the release form – Required release form
    • All artists under the age of 18 are required to have a parent/guardian signature as well


  • The digital event catalog includes information about each judge on our panel and participating artists.


The application will be available from October 1, 2018 – October 31, 2018 (5pm). Application is now closed. Please see below for dates of the Pop-Up Gallery portion. Thank you for your interest!


Application period: 10/1/2018 – 10/31/2018

Pop-up Gallery: 11/21/2018 – 12/17/2018

  • Here are the businesses within the Flatbush Avenue BID where you can find the art pieces for each of the 15 Distinction Artists –
    • Globe Electronics 725 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Jab Jab” by Monica Crespo
      • The Big Guy” by Ariama Long
    • Lola’s Hair737 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Honey Buns” by Niaya Nix
      • “Queen Kundalini” by K’aree Lymon
    • Affinity Health Plan – 857 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Fathers Day at Emmanuel” by Answerd Stewart
    • Three Stars Unisex Salon871 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown” by Patrice Robinson
    • Diva Lingerie 937 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Green Gold” by Rachel Kohn
      • “Ditmas Hibiscus” by Christine Newman
    • McDonald’s943 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Together” by Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
      • “Shades of Blue” by Megan Summer McSween
    • Style Eyes1005 Flatbush Avenue
      • “Belle Machan” by Yvena Despagne
      • “Little Caribbean Brooklyn” by Ramon Madden
    • FIB Tattoo Bar1051 Flatbush Avenue
      • “hardwired” by Rhythm Harris
      • “The Tiger Kite” by Duke Yun
      • Downtown Home” by Denae Howard
  • Voting Rules:
    1. Take a picture with your favorite Distinction art piece found in the Flatbush Avenue BID (locations above)
    2. When posting, use #FABIDDistinction for your vote to count

**BID will repost the best photos

Distinction Unveiling Reception: March 2019 (Exact date and location TBA)

Street banners to be installed March 2019