February’s contest asked youth to reflect on how they cope with tough times (Hope), the changes they want to see in their communities (Justice), and how young people can be “More Than One” and live beyond limiting labels (Monthly Prompt). See awards in five groups: Hope and Justice, Monthly Prompt Film and Written Works, Monthly Prompt Visual Art (High School and Middle School), RUHS- Substance Use Awareness (Riverside County only).
Here are our winners!
First Place Hope and Justice
Artist: Kansas Stewart
Advisor: Maria Rodriguez
My art shows three people of different races all together. I'd like to think it shows that regardless of skin or culture, what really matters is your kindness and personality.
First I’m Human
First Place Monthly Prompt - Film and Written Works
Artist: Joslyn Herrera
San Diego County
Sweetwater Secondary School
Advisor: Jennifer Cammack
In this submission, I wanted to show how I can be more than one especially if it involves my race. I'm Mexican-American and have always been torn apart by both nationalities and I wanted to express how it impacts me and how I feel about it.
Like Autumn Leaves
First Place Monthly Prompt - Visual Art - High School
Artist: Maya Kelly
Rodriguez High School
Advisor: Lynn Larsen
For this month's theme of "More than one", I wanted to create a piece that expresses my personal experience with being mixed-race, Japanese and African-American. It features a portrait of my father and I during a Japanese holiday called "Shichi-go-san" which takes place in the Fall, with a gradient of Autumn leaves falling in the background. The levels and transitional shades in the gradient symbolizes how mixed-race people shouldn't be put into limiting, harmful boxes and labeled as one or the other, but instead be acknowledged as both, or "More than one."
You’ll Help Me Carry On
First Place Monthly Prompt - Visual Art - Middle School
Artist: Olivia Kwon
Advisor: Ali Stucky
My submission represents how as an Asian American it can sometimes be hard when you hear about all the Asian hate going around. This photo shows how even when the world seems dark, I know that there is always someone who will stand with me.
Opioids Use Directing Change Digital Art
1st Place - RUHS Substance Use Awareness
Artist: April Nunez
Indio Teen Center/YAC
Advisor: Rosalva Campos
My art piece represents the reality of how easily opioids can be disguised as pills letting viewers know how it's easier to hide dangerous substances within something that seems harmless. However, now pills have become more and more common to become a way for teens to get high, but little do teens know it is dangerous to take medication from a non-medical professional. Which leads to many overdosing or trying to harm themselves to escape from their problems. It is not worth it. The duct tape represents the prevention which is to not consume anything that hasn’t been handled in a safe manner or prescribed by a medical professional. The purpose of this art piece is to give a visual representation of how opioids can fit into a normal scene, and the prevention is to not consume the pill.