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High school students from across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are invited to submit any form of original artwork for cash prizes on a theme of mental health awareness from Sept. 22 to Nov. 17. 2020. Submissions may be paintings, sculptures, poetry, photography, comics, jewelry, graphic designs, songs, collages, quilting or any other form.

Submissions will be judged by West End Suicide Prevention (WESP) members and a panel of experts. Voting will take place on social media, as a way to share the art creations and bring awareness to mental health issues.

First place winner receives $500, second place takes $300 and third wins $100.

Official rules and entry forms are available online at glrc.org/live.

The LIVE Art and Word Contest was suggested by a high school student who wanted to encourage positive mental health and help to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues by giving other students the opportunity to showcase their talents.

The contest is sponsored by WESP, West End Health Foundation, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, U.P. Home Health and Hospice, PHFoundation, Gogebic Range Health Foundation and Superior Health Foundation.

LIVE Art and Word Contest Flyer

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