2017 Art Contest Open to students, grades 9-12 at participating schools, Connections is looking for original artwork to be used in our upcoming marketing and fundraising efforts!
ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION: The contest is open to students, grades 9-12, from Evanston Township High School, Beacon Academy, Loyola Academy, New Trier High School, North Shore Country Day School, Roycemore School, and The Willows Academy. CRITERIA: Artwork should be suitable for use on yard signs or posters. See below for additional instructions. OBJECTIVE: Artwork should convey one or more of the following themes:
Home is the foundation for everything.
Affordable housing is a necessity in our community.
Our community should be open to those who need affordable housing.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: Monday, May 1st at 11:59 pm PRIZES: 3 winners will be selected and each will receive a $50 VISA gift card. Winners will be announced on May 22nd.
Contest Instructions & Rules
Create artwork that is suitable for reproduction as a yard sign and/or a window poster. Artwork can be submitted electronically or in hard copy as follows:
Hard Copy: 11” x 17” flat, with no staples, folds, or any 3-dimensional elements. Mail or deliver to Andrew Seibert at Connections for the Homeless, 2121 Dewey Ave, Evanston, IL 60201. (M-F between 9a-5p)
Electronic: PDF saved as High-Quality Print or Press-Ready. Email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identification and Release Form (required) - CLICK HERE TO OPEN AND PRINT THE FORM ALL submissions must include a completed Identification and Release Form. Please submit the form in hard copy with any hard copy poster submissions and electronically with any electronic submissions (in the same email).
Judging Entries will be judged based on:
How well the artwork communicates one or all of the following themes: a) Home is the foundation for everything; b) Affordable housing is a necessity in our community; and c) Our community needs the people who need affordable housing.
How suitable they are for use as yard signs and/or window posters (e.g., readable from the street).
Creative and compelling use of words and graphics.
Use and Distribution Winning entries could be used in a variety of promotional media including posters, yard signs, brochures, note cards, etc. Please note the following:
Connections does not guarantee that it will use artwork from the contest in its materials. The choice of whether to use artwork will be at Connections’ sole discretion and will be based on Connections’ determination of the artwork’s ability to convey Connections’ messaging about the importance of affordable housing to our community.
Connections staff will determine where and how winning entries will be used and reserves the right to use any entries submitted with a release form.
Connections will retain ownership of all artwork and will have the right to and may use artwork on yard signs and posters; on its website; in mailings to donors, volunteers, and prospective contributors to Connections; in promotional, marketing, and outreach materials such as calendars, postcards, and holiday cards.
In any and all usage, artwork will be attributed to the artist, unless the artist indicates on the Identification and Release Form that he or she wishes to remain anonymous.
Ideas for Poster Content What Connections Does Connections prevents people from losing their homes and re-houses those who have become homeless, to help move individuals and families out of the shadows of homelessness and reach the greatest possible level of self-sufficiency. Learn more about "What We Do."
Why Housing Matters
Housing is the foundation. Without stable housing, it is nearly impossible to excel in school, hold a job, or care for a family.
On any given night in Evanston, over 1000 people are homeless, including individuals and families.
Plus, almost 10% of households in Evanston are at risk of becoming homeless because they need to spend more than 30% of their income on housing.
Learn more about homelessness and affordable housing in our blog, Making Connections. Connections would be happy to send a representative to speak to groups of students and to answer questions. Contact Lisa Todd at email@example.com if you would be interested.