Texans of all ages have a chance to use their creativity for a good cause.
The Children’s and Adults’ Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest asks participants to submit stories or art that express why mental health matters. The deadline is March 11.
Submissions are divided into four age groups: elementary (Pre-K through fifth grade), middle school (sixth through eighth grades), high school (ninth through 12th grades) and adults (age 18 and up).
Categories are photography, writing and original artwork. Acceptable materials for original artwork include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint and mixed media, and can be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Stories have a limit of 300 words, and photographs cannot show a person’s face.
Each age group and category will have a winner. They will receive prizes and have their work displayed at the Texas capitol throughout May.
Winners of the writing category who will be in college during the 2019-20 school year will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Quell Foundation.
According to the contest’s website, the goal is to raise awareness for mental illness and break the stigma surrounding the topic.
“To educate people about how common mental illnesses are and to encourage Texans to seek help when they need it, our yearly themes reflect the move toward treating mental illness with the same openness as other illnesses,” they wrote.
To submit work, visit gallery.txsystemofcare.org/submit.
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