Orange County Art

Directing Change is an evaluated suicide prevention and mental health program with the mission to educate young people about critical health topics through art and promote social justice and health by changing conversations in schools and communities.
2022

Where I Want To Be In Fifteen Years

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Jaida Mair
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
My entry is about the job I want to have in the future. I hope to become an architect and create many buildings in this world. It would be fun to design houses and bring that creation to life. Architecture is something I would love spending the rest of my life doing.

Pieces of Myself

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Maxwell Ngo
Orange County
Grade: Other
Pioneer Middle School
Advisor: Uyen Ngo
Dear Future Max, Don't forget to take some time out to care for yourself! You can care for yourself when you lose yourself in music, when you are a part of nature and forget about all your worries when you're playing soccer! Love, Max

Hobbies Should Be Habits!

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Ava Ngo
Orange County
Grade: Other
Foothill High School
Advisor: Uyen Ngo
Dear Future Ava, You should encompass your hobbies of painting, meditation and healthy cooking into daily habits so you could always feel self love! Love, Ava

We Are All Human, Let Us Have Peace

Honorable Mention May 2022 Justice
2022
Artist: Kaelin Grant
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
I chose this category because it is something that I feel very strongly about. I want peace and justice in the world. I want everyone to be treated equally and I want everyone to feel included and accepted no matter their race, gender, or sexuality.

What Gives Me Hope?

Honorable Mention May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Emma Krieg and Emily Nunez
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
The bubble with words provides what gives that person hope to move forward. No matter how hard life got, those were their inspiration to keep going. The door represents the future and the good it will hold.

Hiking for Hope

Honorable Mention May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Amelie Friedrich
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
I made visual art to encourage young people to find hope by being outside in nature. Whenever I feel stressed or in a challenging time, being in nature can help give me hope. Hiking is not only good exercise but also good for your mental health.

Hands of Hope

Honorable Mention May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Sophie Nigro and Isla Anderson
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
Our entry is a painting with a quote about hope on it. We wanted to show that people can help others find hope instead of just showing ways of how to find hope. We felt that helping others can also help give yourself hope too.

Tomorrow

Honorable Mention May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Taylor Mayes
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
My painting is based on when I had cancer when I was about five or six years old with Ewing's Sarcoma. I was in the hospital for a week every other week and I was attached to this panda bear stuffed animal that I got from the gift shop on the hospital's first floor. I brought the panda bear everywhere I went and it got me to the next day, which is why my painting's title is named "Tomorrow." In fact, I still have the panda bear by my bed today, and it's still giving me hope.

Dear Me… In 10 Years

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: Adelaide Hare
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
My entry is about me,10 years from now. I want it to show how much someone can change, and has goals to change. I chose this category because it shows how many dreams and goals I have for myself in the future.

Dear Me in 5 Years

Honorable Mention May 2022 Monthly Prompt “Dear Me”
2022
Artist: EllaRose McLaughlin
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
My entry talks about my goals for the next five years during high school and my first year of college. It focuses on the things I want to learn and overcome in order to grow as a person.

Be Just

Honorable Mention May 2022 Justice
2022
Artist: Olivia Park
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
I chose this category because I felt that there was so much injustice in our world. I decided to make a social media post, sharing a few bullet points on how to be just in our lives.

The Light

3rd place May 2022 Hope
2022
Artist: Ayleen Jacquemin
Orange County
Grade: 8
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Ali Stucky
People who really know me know just how hopeful I am about everything. From having hope that I will do a good job on the test to believing I can learn a new language at 5 years old (I moved to the US during that time). I always believe good will come no matter what. There is always something, even the tiniest detail, to have hope for.

You’re Not Alone

Honorable Mention - Hope and Justice
2022
Artist: Michael Garcia
Orange County
Grade: 12
Anaheim High School
Advisor: Esmeralda Lopez
I feel no one really knows how someone may feel or the reason they feel that way. People could be going through the worst and we may never know by them hiding it so well. We have lost many over the years of those who felt like they didn't matter that felt pain they couldn't truly define. Many who thought their life didn't matter who thought they had no one. I wish that through this poster they know that truly they aren't alone. I myself would say I struggle with telling myself I'm not alone or questioning why I should stay but the poster can be used as a reminder to tell everyone they matter do it for your family loved ones don't just give up on your battle your truly not alone...

You’re Not Alone

Honorable Mention - Hope and Justice
2022
Artist: Michael Garcia
Orange County
Grade: 12
Anaheim High School
Advisor: Nelliy Neal
The visual art illustrates a supportive friend helping her friend in need. Although she has tried multiple times to help him, she finally refers him to professional help where he can finally get the advice he needs.

Self Love

2022
Artist: Isabel Ruiz
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Alison Stucky
I chose this category because self love is extremely important to me because I have personally struggled with it. While doing this I learned how many people are dissatisfied with themselves and it really made me frown but I'm glad that society as a whole can have a huge impact on this problem, and we can all learn to love ourselves!

There’s always light

2022
Artist: Kayla Hardy
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Alison Stucky
I chose hope because I feel like sometimes there isn't enough hope in this world. Sometimes it seems so sad, or drowsy. So I choose hope, because everyone should have a flame of hope inside them!

The Whole Pointe

2022
Artist: Olivia Park
Orange County
Grade: 7
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Alison Stucky
The reason I chose this category was because when I myself was going through a hard time, I used dance to find hope. I wanted to let everyone know that there will always be hope, but when you let go of the string, hope can fly away. I was originally going to have the balloon up further from the dancer. However, that felt like hope was flying away. I almost didn't add the balloon at all. I had to make several changes to it and had to redo it a few times because I felt that the message wasn't clear. After a long debate in my head, I finally settled on the dancer holding the very tip of the ballon. Something that I learned was that hope can be lost at times, but as long as you focus on the positive, you'll be able to retrieve your balloon again. (I also learned that I should never mix watercolor paints and acrylic paint together when I'm making an ombre.)

Hope is Unity

Honorable Mention - Hope and Justice
2022
Artist: Ella McLaughlin
Orange County
Serrano Intermediate
Advisor: Alison Stucky
My entry is a painting that shows even when we are divided, people of different color can come together and stand together to lift each other up as one.
2021