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Teen Art Contest Submission Date

Friday, January 27, 2023

Fearless! invites artists of all kinds from grades 6-12 to share their personal vision and voice in promoting healthy relationships and creating change in our culture.

1 out of every 3 teens is impacted by dating violence before the age of 18, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other social identity. Types of dating violence include emotional/mental, verbal, financial, technological, physical, and sexual abuse.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 27th, 2023 by 5:00pm

The title of this year’s theme is Redefining the Fairytale. Romanticized and idealized versions of fairytale romance we’ve seen depicted in the media leave us feeling like our relationships are inadequate. Our expectations of relationships become influenced and defined by unrealistic examples set forth by the stories of our childhood and the idea of a “fairytale ending.” This “Disney Love” leads to confusion when our real-life relationships don’t quite match our fantasy ideals. In a world that is often overstimulated with these images of an “ideal relationship,” it is important to adjust society’s expectations and redefine what it looks and feels like to have a healthy and sustainable relationship. But of course, it’s hard to let go of the idea of a fairytale romance. It’s not that we can’t have affection, warmth, or love, but it’s that the concept of a fairytale romance is based on a false premise—an idealized version of reality. We can still have plenty of intimate moments and times when we laugh, smile, have fun and get warm fuzzies about our partner. Romance is still great—but it’s the REAL romance we’re looking for, not the fairytale version.
For this year’s theme, students should explore what it means to live in a real-life fairytale relationship. What is your modern-day fairytale? How does your modern-day fairytale differ from society’s expectations of fairytales? How would you challenge society’s view of fairytales? Why are the prince/princess relationships portrayed as the ideal relationship? As our world is ever-changing, so too are the ways in which we all engage in relationships. Artists are invited to explore the ways in which they would reimagine their own fairytale within their own personal relationships.

Participants must review the guidelines and submit all artwork with a completed entry form.

Selected submissionswill be shown at an art show for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month where the winners will also be announced.

9th Annual Teen Art Show

Saturday, February 18th
Valkyrie Coffee Roasters
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
At 3:00 PM winners will be announced.

1st place winners for both the 9th-12th grade category and 6th-8th grade category will receive prizes. All winners will have a letter of recognition and appreciation sent to their schools. The winning artwork will be on display at Fearless!’s Newburgh office location, and the artwork of the first-place winners in the 9th-12th grade category will be published in Fearless! materials throughout the year.

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