Calling all creative youth 14-25 years old with knowledge of American Indian/Alaska Native culture, tradition, and history! Are you concerned about substance misuse in your community? Are you a visual, literary (written), or performance artist? The National Institute on Drug Abuse in partnership with with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), through the We R Native program, challenges you to create art that inspires others by demonstrating indigenous resilience to substance misuse for the chance to win some cash!
It’s simple- just send us your original artwork and explain how it represents resilience against substance misuse. You can send us any form of art, whether it’s a painting, theater production, music, fashion design, beading, poem, short story, or something else. We challenge you to create original art that reflects how indigenous culture and resiliency protect against substance misuse. We’re offering cash prizes to the most innovative, creative, unique submissions that clearly tie the work to resilience and will share the winning work across the country for everyone to see!
Read the official Rules and Requirements for more information.
Challenge Goal and Theme:
As part of its mission, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to identify intervention strategies to combat drug addiction. Recognizing that youth voices and creativity are critical to this goal, NIDA announces “I Strengthen My Nation: Artistic Expressions of Resilience to Stand Against Substance Misuse” in partnership with the NPAIHB, through the We R Native program. The goal of this challenge is to raise awareness of how resilience can combat substance abuse and inspire others to think about how resilience can be used in research to intervene on substance use outcomes in communities. The topics that youth choose to highlight through their art will provide important insights to researchers and communities partners that can be used in the development and subsequent testing of community informed intervention strategies
The theme of this challenge is highlighting indigenous resilience to substance abuse. Resilience is the processes that individuals, families and communities use to cope, adapt and take advantage of assets in the face of stress. Art submissions should reflect indigenous resilience. All winning submissions will be widely distributed to raise awareness of how resilience can prevent substance misuse, motivating other youth to consider their own sources of resilience that can help combat substance misuse.
Awards:- Total cash prizes offered: $500 for individual entries, $1,000 for group entries, total purse of $15,000