Youth Art Contest - Kindness is Contagious

Art Youth Contest

Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Center Youth Art Contest

Sponsored By:
Grass Valley Police Officer’s Association (Grass Valley POA)
Nevada County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA)
Nevada County Sheriff’s Management Association (SMA)
Truckee Police Officer’s Association (Truckee POA)
& The Halby Group

Victims of crime often struggle to navigate the criminal justice system, beginning with investigative interviews. Headquartered under the Nevada County District Attorney’s office, the Victims Witness Assistance Center (VWAC) supports victims of child abuse and neglect by consistently providing a supportive investigative process and diminishing the damage children experience through victimization.

Investigators from throughout the local law enforcement community utilize a youth-focused interview room when investigating potential criminal cases of child abuse and neglect, designed primarily for children aged13 and younger. To better serve youth victims of crime, the VWAC team is committed to enhancing the child interview process by ensuring a safe, welcoming environment. To this end, youth from across Nevada County are invited to participate in a community-wide art contest designed to increase child abuse awareness and create a more youth-friendly interview experience.

Applicants age 14-18 will submit his or her original artwork to be voted on by a panel of judges. The author of the winning submission will reconstruct his or her winning artwork as a wall-sized mural in the VWAC’s child interview room and receive a $1,000 cash award provided by sponsoring agencies. Children under the age of 14 are invited to submit original artwork as well. The top five selected designs from the under 14 age category will be framed and displayed at the VWAC and those artists will each receive a $25 Jamba Juice gift certificate in recognition of their successful contribution.

To enter the Kindness is Contagious art contest:

1) Submit an original work of art and a separate cover sheet containing the following information: Youth’s first name, age, school/home school, guardian/parent contact telephone number and email and a 250-word or less explanation of the artist’s motivation for submission.

2) Original work must be submitted on 8.5 X 11 (unfolded) paper and depict a Kindness is Contagious theme. Watercolor, latex or acrylic medium is acceptable. Submit in a 12”X9” envelope and hand delivered or mailed to Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Center, 201 Commercial Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Submissions must be postmarked by January 3, 2022. The first-place winner must complete his or her mural utilizing acrylic- or latex-based paint. The VWAC will provide supplies necessary to complete the final mural.

3) All qualified submissions will be judged by a committee of sponsoring law enforcement agencies.

4) Panel Judging Criteria: Creativity 40%; representative of the theme and subject matter 30%; friendly and colorful content 30%.

Your submission is approval to display your artwork at the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Center. If chosen as the winner of the 14-18 age category contest, you will be available to complete your mural painting within an agreed upon timeframe at the Victim Witness Assistance Center in Nevada City during business hours of operation. Submitted artwork will not be returned.

Questions: Call Senior Victim Advocate, Lori Nunnink 530-265-1247

Funding for paint and supplies for the mural will be financially assisted by California Office of Emergency Services

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children!