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Art for Change Contest

project start date: October 2019

UPDATE: Announcing the Winners

No one is born knowing what a healthy relationship is. We learn how to have relationships through experience and conversations with friends, family, and peers. Violence Prevention Grey Bruce wants to encourage young people to have conversations about healthy relationships so we launched a creative contest for students in grades 7-12, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities  who live or go to school in Grey Bruce. We challenged students in grades 7 and 8 to create a piece of visual or graphic art. Students in grades 9 -12  could create visual art or 60 second videos that raise awareness or start conversations about some aspect of healthy or unhealthy relationships. You can find information about healthy and unhealthy relationships in Power and Control and Equality Wheels, through the Are You Cool graphic, and through the Draw the Line Campaign.

Between the fall of 2019 and June 2020 we accepted submissions and offered some video workshops to give folks a chance to create submissions.

Here are the winners.

Visual Art: Grades 7-8

1st Prize – Kyra Bryja and Aleida Nelson

2nd Prize –  Marissa Walter



Visual Art: Grades 9-12

1st Prize – Pankti Shah

2nd Prize – Aislinn Laporte

3rd Prize – Saskia Remers

Visual Art: Adults with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities

1st Prize – Michael Dantas


2nd Prize – Deb Nichol

3rd Prize –  Maddy Korpikoski

Video: Grades 9-12

1st Prize – Isabella Upwards and Emily Nadjiwon

2nd Prize – Jannis Migwans and Larissa McDonald

3rd Prize – Jennis Sawlkey, Kiniw Migwans, Dove Levi, Julia Migwans


Contest Instructions:

The visual art needed to be square, the videos couldn’t be longer than one minute. After there was total creative freedom. Videos could include animations, poetry, music, rants, or a montage. Visual art could be created digitally or through physical mediums.

Here are a few things to avoid:

Winners will be selected from grades 7-8 visual, 9-12 visual, 9-12 video, Adults with cognitive or intellectual disabilities
Cash prizes will be awarded:
First place – $100,
Second place – $50,
Third Place – $30.

Submissions will be displayed and the winners will be announced at an event in October (we hope).
The winning submissions will also be shared through Violence Prevention Grey Bruce’s social media channels.
Every submission will be considered for showcasing at the October event, showcasing on the VPGB website, and eventual  distribution through social media channels. If you have more than one idea, submit more than one submission.

Submissions will be judged on:

How to submit:

Physical art can be dropped off at the Men’s Program at 1026 2nd Ave  East in Owen Sound.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in October 2020.
Keep your eye on this page for more details as we confirm the location and time.

Print this poster to share with your class, friends, family, neighbourhood.








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