Kids are being asked to rev up their creative juices and take part in an art contest being hosted by the Creative Arts Foundation of Canada. This charitable organization helps students develop their creativity by giving them a platform to publish their stories, encouraging artistic expression and fostering creative problem-solving.
The It will be fine! contest is geared to kids between the ages of 5 and 17 who will create artwork and write a complementary 100-word text. The mission is to have youth express how they feel during the pandemic and voice their thoughts on improving the world and the environment.
“We see that [kids] have suffered a bit during the pandemic,” says Mark-Anthony Timeliadis, Vice-Chair of the foundation. “We want to find a way to help them [relieve] their stress or talk about their anxieties, and make them more resilient if ever something like this were to happen again.”
Applicants will be divided into four age groups, with each group assigned a different prompt for their project: ages 5 to 8 will be asked who they think was a hero during the pandemic, and why; ages 9 to 11 will be asked to express a creative solution to protect the environment and prevent the spread of pandemics; ages 12 to 14 will be asked to propose a new technology for improving people’s living conditions during a future pandemic; and ages 15 to 17 will be asked to find a solution that improves mental health during a time of crisis.
Winners will have their text and artwork printed in an illustrated book, and it will be exhibited in a physical and virtual gallery. Additional perks include a free copy of the book, a souvenir and a certificate of participation.
Application requirements are listed on the website’s project page. Winners will be notified no later than October 5, 2021. The deadline to apply is September 31, 2021.