VPP Program Invites Students to Participate in Art Against Violence Contest

The Violence Prevention Program at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center invites all Baltimore City middle and high school students to participate in the annual Art Against Violence Contest.

In the United States, an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers. Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American males ages 10-24 years old nationwide. The Violence Prevention Program (VPP) at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center is determined to reduce the frequency and the severity of recidivism for violent injury and illegal activity among persons living in and around Baltimore City.

The Violence Prevention Program (VPP) would like to invite your students to participate in our citywide 2014 Art Against Violence Contest. This contest is open to all Baltimore City students promoting the use of visual art to inspire our community to reduce violence for a better living.

The Art Against Violence contest is scheduled to start on January 2, 2014 and contest winners will be announced in the beginning March 2014. The VPP’s diverse panel of judges will choose the top ten submissions. Prizes will be awarded to four winners, two chosen from our panel of judges and two determined by public vote on the Art Against Violence Facebook page.

All participating entries will be displayed in the hallways of University Of Maryland Medical Center for the public’s viewing throughout the month of March. After contest winners are announced, all entries will be displayed at our annual VPP Fundraising Event, Maryland Signatures, for auction.

Art Against Violence Contest Criteria:

  • Art must be the original design and creation of the entrant(s).
  • Art may be submitted in the form of drawings, paintings, and/or computer graphic designs.
  • Participants must submit a short essay on their view or personal experience of violence in our community to accompany artwork submission.
  • In submitting artwork, students agree that their piece may be displayed at the STC, featured in its publications, and included on its website.
  • All entries become the property of the STC’s VPP and cannot be returned.
  • Only the top four winners will be notified.
  • Participants must include their full name, valid email address, current age, grade, name of school, city and state.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • If submitting via mail, please do not fold art. Please send in a flat envelope or rolled in mailing tubing.
  • If submitting via email, please submit images saved with maximum quality compression with a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels at 72 or 300 dpi. Please try to keep the file size under 2 MB.

Art Against Violence submissions with be evaluated on the following:

  • Clarity of Violence Prevention Message
  • Effectiveness of Prevention Message
  • Visual Effectiveness
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Universal Appeal

Art submissions must be received by Friday, February 28th. Voting will begin on Monday, March 3rd and will end on Friday, March 7th at noon. You may submit your artwork on our website (www.artagainstviolence.com) or mail to:

VPP at the Shock Trauma Center
110 S. Paca Street, Box 56
Baltimore, MD 21201

All entries and winners will be recognized at our award ceremony at the end of March 2014. Invitations will follow concluding the contest.

Please contact David Ross at prevention@umm.edu or 410-328-8620 with any questions or concerns. For a full list of rules and regulations please visit www.artagainstviolence.com.

This page was last updated: December 23, 2013

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