TOPEKA – Kids and teens seeking fun, fame AND prizes are invited to enter the first-ever “WHAT HOME MEANS TO ME” art contest hosted by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC). The contest, launched this year in celebration of KHRC’s tenth year anniversary, collects original artwork from children ages 18 years and younger based on the theme “what home means to me.”
Dennis L. Mesa, Executive Director at KHRC, says children and families are at the heart of healthy communities. “Not only do we want kids to have fun, we also hope this contest will raise awareness that safe, affordable housing is important for creating healthy homes where children can develop positive self-esteem and make full use of their minds and talents.”
Judging will be held in three age categories: 1) five years and under, 2) six through eleven and 3) twelve through eighteen. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for each category. Winners will receive gift cards from either Toys R Us or Best Buy in the following amounts:
1st place-$100, 2nd place-$75, and 3rd place-$50.
Here’s how to enter. Using an 8 ½ inch x 11 inch sheet of paper and art supplies, such as crayons, pencils, pens, markers and/or paints, children are asked to draw, paint or color an original picture illustrating what “home” means to them.
Entries will be accepted until noon June 28th, 2013, and may be submitted via mail or email. Email online entries to email@example.com. If mailing entries in, please send to:
Attn: Lisa Shelton
611 S. Kansas Ave, Ste. 300
Topeka, KS 66603
Please include the child’s name, age and hometown, along with the parent’s contact information, on the back of the artwork. Each child submitting art work must include a release of information form signed by their parent or legal guardian. For electronic submissions, each photo file should be saved as the entrant’s first and last name. Only one entry per person. No artwork will be entered into the contest without a signed release form.
Download CONTEST RULES and RELEASE OF INFORMATION forms.
No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a resident of Kansas to participate. KHRC employees and family members are not eligible to participate.
Winners will be announced July 12th, 2013. Winning submissions will be posted on KHRC’s Facebook page. For more information about the “What Home Means to Me” art contest, please contact Lisa Shelton at 785-296-1454, firstname.lastname@example.org.