2016 Children's Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest

The 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest!

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Have Your Art Displayed in The Texas Capitol!

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas System of Care are proud to announce the 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest! Texas elementary, middle and high school students are invited to submit their best work highlighting why Children’s Mental Health Matters. The three categories for entries are: Creative Writing, Poster Art and Video Art. Winners in each category will receive special prizes and have their work displayed in the Texas Capitol during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in May and on both the DSHS and Texas System of Care Websites. Winners will also receive special recognition at our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally kickoff event at the State Capitol April 30th. All entries must be received by March 1, 2016.

Contest Eligibility

All Texas Elementary, Middle, and High School students are eligible to participate.

Contest Theme

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“Children's Mental Health Matters"

Students are encouraged to draw, write, and/or record a video showing why Children's Mental Health Matters.

Contest Category Rules

Posters

  • Must be an original artwork that combines drawings/pictures and/or words to express the contest theme.
  • Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage, or similar 2D media.
  • Poster must fit on a standard 8½" x 11" sheet of paper. Larger or smaller work will be disqualified.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the poster.

Writing

  • Entry must be a story, essay, or poem based on the contest theme and no longer than 300 words.
  • Entry must be typed or, if handwritten, must be legible.
  • Please ask an adult to review spelling and grammar for errors prior to submission.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the page.

Video Contest Rules

  • Create an original 60-120 second video/film that addresses this year’s theme
  • You can submit an individual or group entry in the video/film category
  • The video/film must be posted on www.youtube.com and must be appropriate for children.

Judging

Judging will be based on originality, creativity, and how well your entry expresses the contest theme. A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level. Those submissions will be part of a survey shared with schools, students and communities to vote on the winners.

How to Enter

Each entry must be submitted with the official contest entry form. If a participant would like their entry displayed and/or published for State use, a parent or guardian must sign the contest entry form granting consent for the use of the participant’s work.

  • All paper entries must have the name of the student and school written on the back.
  • Entries must be received by March 1, 2016
  • Entries may be emailed to: info@txsystemofcare.org

Entries may be sent by postal mail to:

CMHAD Art Contest
1717 West 6th Street, Suite 310
Austin, Texas 78703

Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas System of Care, and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of children’s mental health issues. Entries may be posted to the DSHS and Texas System of Care web sites and used in promotional materials.

Deadline

Entries must be received by March 1, 2016.

Last updated March 3, 2016