Expression through art can earn students $500 cash

The United States is the most incarcerated nation in the world. Teen HYPE, an empowering youth development program, is searching for talented DPSCD students for their Mis-Taken art contest to draw attention to the 13th Amendment. The contest will artistically explore the impact incarceration has on families, communities and the students themselves. Top semi-finalists’ work will be displayed as part of an exhibit and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to one student artist.

The project asks students to respond through art answer one or more of the following 13 questions:

  1. Did the 13th Amendment abolish slavery or did it alter the way it functions
  2. Knowing that we are the most incarcerating nation, do you feel safe; or do you feel something else?
  3. Have you had a father, brother, mother, sister or someone else you care about taken into the prison system?
  4. Is there a possibility for corporations to abuse the benefits of using prisoners to make products cheaply?
  5. What is it like to be a parent in prison, and how do you connect to your children growing up without you in their daily lives?
  6. Bryan Stevenson says “Each of us is worth more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” What does this mean in light of our current justice system?
  7. How much does freedom cost, and how much is your time worth to you?
  8. Should some people never be allowed to exist in society again?
  9. How does the presence of a police officer make you feel?
  10. Does wealth or race influence how someone gets sentenced?
  11. Are there better wats to help people make amends after they’ve made a mistake?
  12. Do people who are in prison have something to teach people who are not in prison and do they have any gifts to give?
  13. What happened when voices are silenced, when music is quieted, when art is covered up or thrown away.

Students must download and submit these entry forms by December 8, 2017. Visit Teen HYPE on Facebook for additional contest details.

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