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Art Contest 2013

Engaging Students in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

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We invite high school students in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, and San Joaquin Counties to participate in an art competition to promote youth awareness of human trafficking in all its forms, and to engage them in the fight to abolish this form of modern day slavery. Scholarships will be awarded for the top three entrants in each category.

Strive2Free is grateful for the efforts of SETA (Sacramento Employment and Training Agency), which has partnered with Strive2Free in producing this event.

Categories

T-Shirt and Slogan Design

  1. First Place will receive a $2000 scholarship
  2. Second Place will receive a $1000 scholarship
  3. Third Place will receive a $500 scholarship

Two-Dimensional Art (Painting, collage, drawing, etc.)

  1. First Place will receive a $2000 scholarship
  2. Second Place will receive a $1000 scholarship
  3. Third Place will receive a $500 scholarship

Scholarship awards will be presented at Strive2Free’s Annual Gala on March 1, 2013. The top two-dimensional art finalists will have their art displayed at an art and awareness event, while the winning T-shirt design will be produced and distributed by Strive2Free at select human trafficking awareness events.

Important Dates

  1. January 11, 2013 - Deadline for entries
  2. January 25, 2013 - Finalists announced; online public voting begins
  3. February 8, 2013 - Online public voting ends at midnight; deadline for finalists to submit original entries
  4. February 11, 2013 - Winning entries announced
  5. March 1, 2013 - Awards Ceremony at Strive2Free Gala

Online Public Voting

Contest judges will determine the finalists in each category, and all finalists’ entries will be posted online at www.strive2free.org/Art-Contest-Vote. Public online voting will begin January 25 and end on February 8, 2013 with scholarships granted to the top three entries receiving the highest vote ranking in each category. Entrants are encouraged to engage their high school peers, family and friends in the voting process, thereby using their own participation in this contest as a means of raising awareness of the problem of human trafficking.

Conditions and Rules

  1. All entries must be completed by students enrolled in grades 9-12.
  2. All entries must be original works of art produced by the entrant, and must not contain any copyrighted images.
  3. All entries must address the theme of human trafficking as described in the guidelines for each competition category.
  4. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry application and release form.
  5. All entries must be appropriate for audiences of all ages, and must not contain any sexually explicit images.

T-Shirt Design Guidelines

The purpose of the T-Shirt and Slogan Design category is to convey a message about human trafficking that is impactful and can be used in an anti-human trafficking campaign. Winning entries will be printed on t-shirts for use in Strive2Free awareness and fundraising campaigns. Winning entries will also receive the scholarship awards specified and a t-shirt with their design. It is strongly recommended that all entrants research the issue of human trafficking before beginning work on their design. Please see the article, “Creating Art for Human Trafficking Awareness.”

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Two-Dimensional Art Guidelines

The purpose of the Two-Dimensional Art category is to convey a message about human trafficking that is impactful and expresses what the entrant has learned about human trafficking. Top finalists will have their art displayed at an art and awareness event (date and location TBD), and at the Strive2Free Annual Gala, where scholarship winners will be presented with their awards. It is strongly recommended that all entrants research the issue of human trafficking before beginning work on their entry. Please see the article, “Creating Art for Human Trafficking Awareness.” Entrants are encouraged to use creativity, symbolism, and artistry to convey one or more of the three following themes: a positive message of hope and freedom to survivors, a call to action and general awareness, and/or human trafficking prevention.

Entries may be on any type of paper, fabric, or canvas, and must be no larger than 30 inches by 40 inches.

Entry Instructions

Entries must be submitted by mailing a digital version on CD, e-mailing a digital file, or sending a photograph by U.S. mail. All entries must be accompanied by the completed Entry Form and Certificate of Release and Originality (also signed by the entrant’s parent or legal guardian if the entrant is a minor). Finalists will be required to mail or hand-deliver the original entry upon notification. Failure by a finalist to timely submit the original entry shall result in disqualification.

Digital entries (including the entry form and release) should be submitted by e-mail to: ArtContest@Strive2Free.org.

All finalists’ original works must be received by mail or hand-delivery no later than February 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at:

Strive2Free Art Contest
4740 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819

Additional Rules

  1. All scholarship prizes will be paid by check at the Strive2Free 2013 Gala. In the event a winner is not present to claim his/her scholarship prize at the Gala, the prize may be picked up from Strive2Free’s offices at:
    Strive2Free Art Contest
    4740 Folsom Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95819
    no later than April 1, 2013. Winners will forfeit any scholarship prize not picked up by April 1, 2013.
  2. Payments of federal, state and local taxes, if any, are solely the responsibility of the scholarship winner. The winner will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner’s full Social Security Number or the equivalent for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more. Failure by a winner to submit a complete W-9 or the equivalent will result in forfeiture of the prize. Winnings of $600 or more will be reported to the IRS.
  3. Strive2Free reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the art competition. Failure to comply with the rules of the contest may result in a contestant’s disqualification and/or forfeiture of any prize or prizes. If Strive2Free makes a good faith determination that an entrant has cheated or committed fraudulent activity in connection with the contest, Strive2Free reserves the right to disqualify that entrant from entering and/or winning future competitions, and to prosecute and/or seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  4. If mailed, entries must be in appropriate and adequate packaging to prevent damage. If an entry is received in damaged condition, the contestant will be notified, and unless replaced by the submission due date it will be judged as received. Strive2Free is not responsible for entries that are damaged or lost in transit, and reserves the right to judge those entries as received.