Wyoming Teens Kick-Off "Take a Stand Against Meth" Art ContestCasper, WY - February 13, 2013 - The Wyoming Meth Project in conjunction with Wyoming teens launched a statewide public art contest that will leverage the creativity and passion of Wyoming's youth to get the word out about the risks of methamphetamine use. The contest offers teens a way to be recognized for their artistic ability while learning about the dangers associated with Meth, and spreading the message to their peers and community.
"Five years ago the people of Wyoming joined together to fight Meth and we have made great progress," said Brad Diller, principal at Kelly Walsh High School. "But the fight is not over. Data shows that many young people report that Meth is easy to get. With Take a Stand Against Meth, teens will continue to take a leading role in getting the word out to their peers so when faced with the opportunity to try this destructive drug, they make the right choice."
This contest follows on the success of Paint the State 2010 in Montana and Idaho, which prompted thousands of Montana's teens to create hundreds of art with a strong anti-Meth message. The Daniels Fund is the major funder for this event focused on middle school and high school students across Wyoming. The contest offers significant prize money to the top seven winners as selected by a panel of judges.
"Proactive education by organizations like the Wyoming Meth Project, as well as by parents, caregivers, community leaders, educators, and young people themselves, is vital," said Peter Droege, spokesperson for the Daniels Fund. "That is why the Daniels Fund proudly supports Take a Stand Against Meth; the children who will shape Wyoming's future are too important for us to do anything less."
About Take a Stand Against Meth
Take a Stand Against Meth is open to teens ages 13-18. Entrants under 18 must have permission from their parent or guardian to participate. Teens can enter individually or as the leader of a team. To be eligible, each entry must be an original work of art, and have a strong anti-Meth message. This can include the "Meth: Not Even Once" logo, tagline or any other anti-Meth theme. Each entry shall identify a key anti-meth inspiration from a web page on MethProject.org. Registration for the contest is online at www.MethProject.org/WyomingArtContest. The deadline to register is midnight on March 18, 2013.
After they have registered, contestants must design and create their art piece and upload their submissions, including photos of completed artwork, a written description, and a link to their inspiration from MethProject.org, must be uploaded by 5 PM, April 12, 2013, in order to meet the judging deadline. First through seventh place winners will be selected as well as one People's Choice winner based on the most number of votes on the website. Winners will be announced in Casper on April 26, 2013. Prizes total $18,000, including $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,500 for third and fourth place, $1,500 for fifth place and $1,000 for sixth and seventh place. The People's Choice prize is $1,000. To register, go to www.MethProject.org/WyomingArtContest for rules and eligibility requirements.
About the Wyoming Meth Project
Launched in April 2008, the Wyoming Meth Project, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Casper, Wyoming, implements a range of advertising and community action programs aimed at reducing methamphetamine use in the state. Combining extensive research with a hard-hitting, integrated media campaign, it has been repeatedly cited as an effective response to a devastating social problem.
About the Daniels Fund
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.DanielsFund.org
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