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

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