12TH ANNUAL ART & ESSAY CONTEST

“Mental Health and Wellness!”

Contest Theme

We are seeking submissions exploring the importance of mental health and wellness, including taking care of ourselves and our minds.

Mental Health has never been more crucial to our lives. Stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, loneliness, isolation, fear are all emotions we have felt and continue to feel during the pandemic. On the other hand, we are also experiencing an increase in awareness about the importance of taking care of ourselves. From gymnasts to actors, from singers to other celebrities, people are speaking up about the need to take care of themselves. Through solidarity and support, we are trying to heal as individuals, communities, and as a nation.

We welcome students to approach this subject through their own experience (to the extent of their comfort), or what they encounter about mental health around them.

Here are some topics that may give ideas (not necessarily a comprehensive list):
SUPPORT
Therapy and other mental health supports.
PRACTICES
Mindfulness, self-care, and other wellness practices.
EXPLORING
Exploring our emotions, both positive and negative.
BELIEFS
Attitudes, beliefs, and stigma about mental health.
RELATION
Relationship between physical and mental illness and wellness.
IMPACT
Impact of the pandemic on our mental health.

Essay Contest

- Participants must submit their essays online on www.artandessay.org.
- Essays must be original, unpublished, and written by one student.
- Each student may submit only one (1) essay.
- We ask teachers to sponsor students and guide them. Submissions by students or parents without a teacher’s approval are not accepted.
- Each essay should be no more than 1000 words.
- Each essay should be written in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, size 12, and should not have any images in the document.
- Essays may be one of the following types: (1) Informative Essay, (2) Narrative Story, or (3) True Story.
- Top three places and five mentions for each category of participants will have their names published on our website and will receive their prizes at the award ceremony.
Each submission will be judged on the basis of following criteria: (1) grammar, (2) uniqueness, (3) writing style and flow, and (4) understanding of the theme and its implementation in the piece.
- Each submission must include student name, email, grade level, school name, sponsoring teacher’s name and email.
- Participants automatically consent to their work being used and copied by Peace Islands Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes.

Art Contest

- Participants must mail their artworks to PII offices. Digital submissions via www.artandessay.org. are also accepted, however be aware that the disruptions due to the digitization of the submission may impact your chances.
- Each student may submit only one artwork.
- We ask teachers to sponsor students and guide them. Submissions by students or parents without a teacher’s approval are not accepted. - Artworks ranked in the top 15 will be displayed during the award ceremony.
- Participants may submit entries utilizing any medium in a 2-D format. Drawing, watercolor, oil paint, acrylic paint, collages, digital art, mixed media are accepted. (No sculpture or photography!).
- Submissions may be one of the following sizes: 16”x16”, 16”x12”, or 17”x11”.
- A jury of art professionals will judge the submitted works on the basis of the following: (1) uniqueness, (2) creative/expressive use of materials, (3) artistry of execution, and (4) integration of medium and message (overall impact of the visual idea)
- Each submission must have student name, email, grade level, school name, sponsoring teacher’s name and email on the back of the artwork:
- Participants automatically consent to their artwork being used and copied by Peace Islands Institute for promotional and/or informational purposes.
- Artworks will not be returned to students.
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Special prizes for each category are waiting for you in our competition where Middle School and High School students can participate!
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5 AWARD FOR EACH CATEGORY
We have 5 honorable mentions for each category except 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

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