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GATE:Ways of Expression

The stories of students and young people can have a profound impact across the state of Washington, from the classrooms and communities to the state legislature.

Your stories need to be heard.
Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) is a state initiative working to better serve the youth of Washington by aligning dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts in our state. We’re looking for teen artists to publish on the GATE website to broadcast the youth voice of Washington. Share your story and compete with teens from around the state to become one of the GATE:Ways of Expression Artists!

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Washington State Mentors has generously donated $250 worth of prizes. Let us know about someone who has made a difference in your life.

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to share your story and art with other youth, parents, school staff and policy makers.
  • Awards and accolades to add to your portfolio and resume.
  • Art, student advocacy, and statewide impact.
  • Public recognition as part of National Mentoring Month Action Day, Monday Jan 20th, 2014

How to enter
Step 1: Read the Guidelines
Step 2: Review the Theme
Step 3: Make Art!
Step 4: Submit Your Art

Guidelines
Show us what you got, but stay true to yourself and others. Your work must be original.

Baseline Eligibility:

  • Age 13-21
  • An email address
  • Willingness to have your art on display (see the submission policy for more details)

Deadline:
All submissions must be received by Friday, December 6th. Winners will be notified by December 16th.

VISUAL ART
Art can be of any medium and style.

For Drawings, Printmaking, Paintings, Photos, Mixed Media, etc.

  • Submit photo of your piece. Images should be 300 dpi, in JPEG format (do not mail original artwork unless requested by the GATE:Ways of Expression judges’ committee).
    Name your file: “theme_lastname_firstname” (example: Mentoring_Jackson_Michael)
  • Include an artists’ statement of no more than 150 words that showcases you as the artist, the meaning of your piece, and how it relates to the theme.

AUDIO/VISUAL (video music)

  • Name your file: “theme_lastname_firstname” (example: Mentoring_Jackson_Michael)
  • Include an artists’ statement of no more than 150 words that showcases you as the artist, the meaning of your piece, and how it relates to the theme.

PLEASE NOTE: If selected, images of individual faces will require a completed consent form from the person pictured, or their parents, if the person is under the age of 18.

STORIES AND POETRY

  • Submit your work in .pdf format
  • Name your file: “theme_lastname_firstname” (example: Mentoring_Jackson_Michael)
  • Limit the piece to 1000 words or less
  • Include an artists’ statement of no more than 150 words that showcases you as the artist, the meaning of your piece, and how it relates to the theme.

Having trouble fitting your art into these guidelines? Send an email to GATE@k12.wa.us before submitting.

Judging
What will the GATE:Ways of Expression judging committee be looking for?

  • Connection to the theme.
  • Originality and creativity.
  • Handling of media.
  • Depth of concept.
  • Overall effectiveness of work as an artistic piece.
  • Expressiveness and personality.

Themes

Mentoring
It is something we may take for granted… an adult in our lives that cares about us. Think about it... Do you have someone you turn to when you need help with school? Is there someone in your life you can talk to about personal issues? What was life like before your “mentor” came into your life, and how did it change because of them? January is national mentoring month. Take the time to share your story and thank your mentor.

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