XQ Visual Arts and Activism Challenge ft. BMike

VIEW submissions from the XQ #Artivism Challenge!

We invited students (ages 13-21) to create a piece of visual art inspired by a world they want to see. With advice and guidance from New Orleans artist Brandan “BMike” Odums, more than 150 students created a unique piece of art. The voting period has closed and we’ll announce winners on May 6th. Head to the gallery to check out submissions!


  • Top 5 upvoted submission get an iPad mini, Apple Pencil, and 1-year Procreate subscription
  • Up to 10 creators will receive video feedback from BMike
  • The first 100 submissions get a $20 gift card


Voting period: April 15-28

Winners announced: May 6


Earn the XQ Visual Arts & Activism Badge


What do you care about?
What issues speak to your heart? What are you drawn to in the world around you? Explore what matters to you and how you want to express it through art.

Why do you care?
You don’t necessarily need fancy, expensive materials to create. Most of the time, all it takes is process and space to allow for creative learning. Explore your visual style and voice.


Completing your submission
Extraordinary artists don’t just create something new in the world; they make things that address real needs. Express your vision for a world you want to see through visual art.


Brandan “BMike” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the political fervor of a generation of Black American activists who came of age amidst the tenure of the nation’s first Black president, the resurgence of popular interest in law enforcement violence, and the emergence of the self-care movement. Most often working with spray paint, Odums paints brightly-colored, wall-sized murals that depict historical figures, contemporary creatives, and everyday people. In his otherwise figurative work, Odums departs from realism to play with color – blending lavender to paint the skin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and robin’s egg blue for Harriet Tubman, for instance – suggesting an ethos of boldness that unites the subjects of his work and surpasses race, time, or any other aspect of physical reality.