The LIVE Art & Word Contest began in 2020 as a way to engage youth was recommended by a high school student in 2020 as a way to engage other students, encourage positive mental health and break the stigma surrounding mental health issues by giving others the opportunity to showcase their talents.
In 2023, the contest expanded to include middle school students and adults, as well as high school students. Individuals from across the UP are able to submit their work in two different categories: Visual Art and Word. The theme of the contest is Mental Health Awareness and all types of art or word are accepted — photography, poetry, paintings, graphic art, short story, etc. A cash Grand Prize will be awarded in each of the age categories: Middle School, High School and Adult, thanks to the generous sponsors.
2022 Grand Prize Winner
'I Can't Breathe'
by Ethann — Negaunee, MI