Call for Youth Artist!!!

Help raise awareness for children’s mental health and reduce stigma! Participate in the Youth MOVE SC Children’s Mental Health Awareness call for youth art work. Share your interpretation of what it means to bring mental health out of the shadows, expose stigma and shed a positive light on mental wellness. Youth art work will be displayed at our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Fair at Finlay Park on May 11, 2013 from 10 am-2 pm.

Eligibility: All youth and young adults ages 25 and younger are eligible to submit their work. Individuals with emotional, behavioral and/or social challenges are encouraged to participate. Team entries are also welcome.

Theme: Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma!

Use your art to express what “bringing mental health out of the shadows” means to you! It is important that we welcome conversations surrounding mental health and educate the public in order to eliminate stigma and discrimination toward individuals dealing with mental health challenges and their families. Please use art that reflects how you feel about brining mental health out of the shadows, exposing stigma and shedding light on mental wellness.

Submission Guidelines:

Artwork must be related to the contest theme in some way. Entries may be visual (i.e. drawing, painting, etc.), literary (poem, short story, etc.) or video art (animation, Claymation, music, documentary, etc.). For more information about doing videos, contact Jenah Cason. All submissions must be the original work of the participant. All participants must complete a release form giving Youth MOVE SC and the Federation of Families of SC permission to use the artwork. Submissions by individuals under the age of 18 must have signatures of both the child or youth and the parent/guardian on the form. Also, the back of the poster should include the name, date of birth and address of person submitting the piece.

The release form should also include the Artist’s Statement of Originality. This is a very important part of the submission. This is an opportunity for the artist to provide some information to help others understand and appreciate their work. The brief statement (a few sentences) should include the motivation, storyline and/or messages of the artwork.

Participant Information:

All participants will have the opportunity to have their artwork submissions displayed on the Youth MOVE Facebook page and Federation of Families of SC website. Youth artwork may be used on future products intended to raise awareness surrounding children’s mental health.

How to Enter:

Each item must be submitted with a release form attached. For questions, please call Jenah Cason at 803-467-1097 or


Please mail your entry to:

Jenah Cason

Federation of Families of SC

810 Dutch Square Blvd, Suite 205

Columbia, SC 29210

Here is the flyer for printing info-youthart-submission, releaseform-2013

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