The first stage of a national design competition organized by the The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) is open to artists, architects, and landscape architects (individuals and teams are welcome). The winning design will earn a permanent place on federal parkland near the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall, and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service will be tasked with the perpetual maintenance of the commemorative work.

The two-stage competition invites designers to depict American values, like democracy and service, that are manifested in the Peace Corps, with bold and inspirational flair.

The Peace Corps began in 1961 several months after President John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech, in which he famously said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Congress subsequently authorized the new government agency. Peace Corps' volunteers choose to work in developing countries, promoting American ideals and character to make the world a more peaceful place.

Stage one submissions are due on May 18 at 4pm E.T. Stage two finalists will present refined design concepts to jury in Washington, D.C. on September 12.