YWCA Tri-County Area sponsors second annual youth art contest

Young artists in grades 6-12 are invited to create original artwork for YWCA Tri-County Area’s second annual Week Without Violence Art Contest.

Week Without Violence, October 15-19, is a national YWCA movement raising awareness of the devastating effects of domestic violence. YWCA Tri-County Area works to bring communities together to combat all forms of violence and injustice in society.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to submit original art celebrating YWCA’s mission of promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Deadline for submission of original art is Friday, October 12. Artwork will be displayed at YWCA Tri-County Area’s 110th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, October 16, where people attending will vote for their favorite pieces of art. Voting also will take place on YW’s Facebook page.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in two age categories: grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Winners also will have their artwork reproduced and included in a custom stationary gift set. Winners will receive their prizes during a reception for the young artists on Monday, November 19. All participants and their families are invited to attend the reception.

Contest rules are:
• Open to 6th-12th grade students in the Tri-County Area.
• All artwork must be drawn horizontally (landscape) on plain white 8.5”x11” paper.
• Students may use crayon, watercolor, poster paint, colored pencils, markers or ink; please do not attach or glue materials that may smear, crack or chip.
• Students must submit individual, independent work.
• Students must submit a 3-4 sentence statement describing their work and why they chose to create the piece they did.
• Only original artwork will be accepted. Computer-generated drawings or reproductions of popular cartoon characters or three-dimensional work will not be considered.
• Art work will not be returned.

Artwork will be judged based on theme, creativity, originality, visual effectiveness, and neatness.

Art may be mailed to or dropped off at YWCA Tri-County Area, 315 King St., Pottstown, Pa., 19464, Attn: Kristie Piacine. For an entry form, or for more information about the contest, contact Kristie Piacine, 610-323-1888, ext. 230.

WCA Tri-County Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Tri-County Area is a leader in advocating for women and girls, and provides direct service and issue education impacting 1,500 people annually through early childhood education, empowerment of women, girls, and families, and adult education and training.