2023 Dream Big Contest

Dr. King had an incredible vision built on principles of justice, equity, and love. In honor of his memory, the Lyric asks Baltimore City and Baltimore County students in grades 5th to 12th to create artworks based on their big dream for a better world. Students are eligible to enter the contest with a 300-word essay; a one-page poem; a piece of visual art; or a 60-second edited video. This year’s final adjudicator is renown dancer, actress, teacher, and storyteller, Maria Broom.  Selected finalists will share their work on the Lyric’s historic stage on Thursday, April 26, 2023 and receive a prize package that includes cash awards and a laptop computer. Entries to the contest are accepted from January 16, 2023 until March 31, 2023. 



Congratulations to the 2022 Dream Big finalists:


  • Joshua Sharp, Grade 12, The Community School 
  • BellaGrace Annibal, Grade 6, Homeschooled
  • Grayson Bess, Grade 5, Calvert School 
  • Chiemela Nwokoro, Grade 10, Eastern Technical High School 
  • Xin Yue Lu, Grade 10, Dulaney High School
  • Graham TerBeek, Grade 6, Dumbarton Middle School 


  • Fatou Diouf, Grade 11, Baltimore City College 
  • Asia Webster, Grade 9, Baltimore City College 
  • Jamya Anderson, Grade 5, Dallas F. Nicholas Elementary School 
  • Joy Onchera, Grade 6, The Belair-Edison School 
  • Carrie Snowden, Grade 11, Baltimore Design School 
  • Carmyn Harvin, Grade 11, Kenwood High School