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Young Audiences CT/VSA and NAMI CT Events - January 2012
 
 
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Young Audiences of CT/VSA and NAMICT announce submissions are now being accepted from Connecticut residents between the ages of 8 and 21 for the juried exhibit "VOICES: The Art of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults Touched by Mental Illness". April 2-13, 2012 at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford CT
 
If mental illness has touched your life, show us how in a photograph, collage, painting, or drawing. Write a poem, or short story. For more information on submission guidelines and about the exhibit please visit www.ctvsa.org, click on "Voices Call for Art" and follow the prompts. Submit all entries online.
 
Unframed 11" x 14" drawings, paintings, 2 dimensional mixed media, collages, or photographs. Unframed one-page poetry or prose on 8.5" x 11" white paper
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS JANUARY 13, 2012
For additional information contact Ann Nelson at (203)-927-1541 or familyresearch@namict.org

Welcome to the Call for Art for ‘VOICES’  
The Art of Children, Adolescents and Young Adults - Touched by Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illnesses of Connecticut (NAMI-CT) and Young Audiences of Connecticut, an affiliate of VSA,(YAC/VSA) are joining forces to raise awareness and bring hope to children, adolescents and young adults who have been ‘touched in some way by mental illness.’
 
For the purposes of this exhibit ‘touched’ in some way by mental Illness means that either you or a friend, family member or acquaintance is living with mental illness and that person has had a significant impact on your life.
 
For the purposes of this exhibit ‘mental Illness’ is defined as any of the following: Attention deficit/Hyperactive disorder (ADHD), Anxiety disorders, Bi-Polar disorder (manic depression), Depression, Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Schizophrenia.
 
 

If you are a Connecticut resident between the ages of 8-21, and are ’touched in some way by mental illness’,  you are eligible to submit ONE or TWO pieces of art work for this exhibit.
 
Requirements for Art Work:
Visual Art: Unframed drawings, paintings, 2 dimensional mixed media, collage or photography may be submitted.  The dimensions of the art work must be 11”x14”.
Art that is Written: Unframed 1 page poetry or prose may also be submitted. The piece must be:
Typed, with 1“ margins on all sides
1.5 spaces between lines
Must use 14 point Arial type. This will assure that your written work is accessible to everyone who visits the exhibit
On 8.5” x 11” white paper
Selection Process:
All art work will be juried. Those works that are selected will be on exhibit at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT, from April 2-13, 2012.
 
Important Deadlines:
Entry Information and Art Submission Deadline: January 13, 2012
 
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2012
 
Preparation: You can prepare to complete the ENTRY FORM and ART WORK by using the following  guidelines:
 
Please prepare a 2 to 5 sentence written statement about how your Art Work or Written Art reflects how you are ‘touched in some way by mental illness’ .
 
Prepare the photograph of the Visual Art Work, according to the following Digital Specification: JPG that does not exceed 800 pixels on either side, is in RGB color, is less than 56K.
Prepare the Written Artwork – must be submitted in MS WORD .doc

Entries will only be accepted online. You may submit entries through the CT/VSA website at
 
For your entry to be considered complete, you must: Provide ALL required information on the ENTRY FORM
SUBMIT A PHOTO of your art work according to the following Digital Specification: JPG that does not exceed 800 pixels on either side, is in RGB color, is less than 56K or attach a copy of your Written Art (Prose or Poetry) in an MS WORD.doc

Contacts:
For additional information about ‘VOICES’ please contact Ann Nelson, NAMI-CT Provider Education and Family Research Coordinator at either familyresearch@namict.org or (203)-927-1541.
 
 
 
Young Audiences of CT VSA’s
 
Through Young Audiences of CT VSA’s diverse roster of artists, our mission is to engage participants of all ages and abilities in learning creatively through the arts.
 
Vision:  We envision people of all ages and abilities in Connecticut actively participating in the arts. Young Audiences of CT VSA serves as an essential resource for arts engagement in the state. This engagement flows from a roster of professional teaching and performing artists who spread their artistic expertise and inquiry into multiple disciplines to stimulate lifelong learning and creativity. Our work transforms the public’s understanding of the value of the arts as an active and natural part of everyone’s life.
 
Organization Statement:  Young Audiences of CT VSA is guided by a woven organizational structure consisting of an engaged roster of artists at its core and a supportive governing Board of Directors and strategic minded administrative staff that believes in the power of the arts to impact learning. Roles and responsibilities of each group are guided by the mission, vision and strategies of the organization.
 
 
NAMI-CT
 
NAMI-CT is the only Connecticut organization affiliated with NAMI, the nation’s leading grassroots family and consumer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families. Founded in 1984 by a group of Connecticut families, NAMI-CT is now the strongest family and consumer organization in the state, serving thousands of people and promoting community health and awareness.

Need: One fifth of Connecticut children have behavioral health disorders. Many do not receive the care they need because parents and other principal caregivers are overwhelmed with the complexities of their children’s needs and with the number of different systems (mental health, addictions, judicial and educational) that must be negotiated for their children to receive needed diagnostic and treatment services. Poverty, stigma and discrimination further isolate families whose children need services most. Children with behavioral health conditions benefit substantially from active involvement of their most important advocates – their parents. NAMI CT is a founding member of Partnering with Parents, a network of groups offering advocacy training to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns to support them to be able to successfully advocate for what their child needs.
 
We offer support, education, and advocacy to people living with mental illnesses, their family members, friends, professionals and the public at large.
 
 
 
For additional information about ‘VOICES’ please contact Ann Nelson, NAMI-CT Provider Education and Family Research Coordinator at either familyresearch@namict.org or (203)-927-1541.
 
 

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