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Zachary’s Art Contest for all ages! Deadline May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Zachary’s Art Contest is officially up and running!

How Does the Art Contest Work?

  • Deadline:  May 31, 2017
  • Open to all ages!
  • The subject of the artwork should be Zachary’s Chicago Pizza and the artwork should include either our logo and/or name. You may use the medium of your choice, but we recommend VIBRANT, SATURATED choices like paint, dark pastels or digital art.  Colored pencils and crayons tend to get washed out against other pieces in our restaurant.  Please remember, some of the art will be hanging up high so utilize the space you are given.  Fill it up and make it bold!
  • We are accepting four different sizes for art pieces (26 x 26, 24 x 36, 32 x 32, 36 X 48). Pre-cut paper is available at any Zachary’s location.
  • All winning artwork and any reproductions of the artwork become property of Zachary’s Chicago Pizza and will not be returned.
  • WINNERS PRIZES: $100 Zachary’s Gift Certificate & 2 Zachary’s Shirts

Visit http://zacharys.com/zacharys-art/  for more information.  You can also see examples of their winning entries on the walls at their locations.

Calling all Contra Costa County Artists! Design and Create Contest!

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is seeking a new Arts Recognition award. This award honors individuals and art organizations whose work has had a significant impact in Contra Costa County. We are seeking an artist from Contra Costa County to design and create an original art piece that can be duplicated. Recognizing that original art does vary from piece to piece, we request that several “awards” can be made that are similar in size and shape.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Original art piece from an artist working or living in Contra Costa County
  • 7-8 inches in height
  • Mounted onto a 8″x 8″ x 2″ black stand
  • Can accommodate a 2″ x 4″ plaque (AC5 will supply the plaque)
SUBMIT:
  • A sketch, drawing or mock-up of your original design
  • An estimate of time needed to produce original art piece
  • A cost estimate for the first “award” and for each additional “award.”
  • DEADLINE: June 15th, 2017
SEND PROPOSAL TO:
 
AC5 – Arts Recognition Award Proposal
651 Pine Street, 10th Floor
Martinez, CA 94553
or
staff@AC5.cccounty.us

$ Writing Contest $ for Contra Costa County Middle & High School Students!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
ANNOUNCING
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center’s

19th Annual

ART & WRITING CHALLENGE


Rocio Perez, High School Award Winner – 2016

 

Topic: “Do Your Little Bit of Good”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Everyone, even the young, has the power to change the world around them for the better.
There are many members in our communities, young and old, rich and poor, people of all races and religions, who are finding new ways to resist the negative influences of racism and inequality that are all around us..
What ideas do you have on how can you create peace in your community and in the world?  What are the small acts you can do to make the world a better place?  Using your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation that conveys little bits of good.
WE HAVE GRAND PRIZES FOR ONE MIDDLE AND ONE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT 
AND PRIZES IN EACH SEPARATE CATEGORY!

WINNERS WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
AT AN AWARDS DINNER
ON MAY 13th IN WALNUT CREEK!
Three Categories
1) Essay  2) Creative Writing - poem, story or play or 3) Art - any medium including sculpture, photography and video.
 
Contest Rules
Open to all Contra Costa County middle and high school students.
 
VERY IMPORTANT !!!:  For all entries: Include a cover sheet with your NAME, HOME ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL, SCHOOL, GRADE, TEACHER (or teacher who informed you of the contest), TEACHER’S PHONE and EMAIL, ENTRY CATEGORY and TITLE OF WORK.   Please print! Cover sheet available below.
 
Entries will be judged on: 1) Composition; 2) Originality 3) Depth of thought, and 4) Relationship to topic.
 
WRITING ENTRIES are to be a maximum of 750 words (middle school) or 1,000 (high school): typed, double-spaced, with numbered pages.  Please have a teacher review your writing before submitting.  Send the document as a .doc or.docx email attachment to margli@ourpeacecenter.org with the subject line “Art & Writing Contest 2017″.                                                                            
  
ART ENTRIES, mail or arrange for delivery by contacting the Center. Firmly attach the cover sheet on the back of the artwork.  Arrangements will be made for art to be returned after the Awards Dinner.  
 
Mail to:  Mt.  Diablo Peace & Justice Center 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or contact the office to arrange for delivery: (925) 933-7850 or margli@ourpeacecenter.org.
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, April 22, 2016 
 
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center reserves the right to reprint and exhibit all entries.
PLEASE USE USE THIS COVER SHEET and SECURELY attach it to your submission.  
For more information about this annual contest please go to our website at www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com
or call the Center office: (925) 933-7850
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Contra Costa County Middle and High School Writing & Art Contest!

Monday, February 29th, 2016
ANNOUNCING
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center’s

19th Annual
ART & WRITING CHALLENGE

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Topic: “Cherish these natural wonders”
   
President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
 
Today, as we face global warming and climate change, these words are more pressing than ever before.
 
How can our art help us as we raise our voice to stop climate change and the environmental destruction of our planet? Using your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation of cherishing and protecting the natural wonders and resources of our planet.
 
NEW PRIZES THIS YEAR INCLUDE GRAND PRIZES 
AND IN EACH SEPARATE CATEGORY!

WINNERS WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
AT AN AWARDS DINNER!
Three Categories
1) Essay  2) Creative Writing - poem, story or play or 3) Art - any medium including sculpture, photography and video.
 
Contest Rules
Open to all Contra Costa County middle and high school students.
 
VERY IMPORTANT !!!:  For all entries: Include a cover sheet with your NAME, HOME ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL, SCHOOL, GRADE, TEACHER (or teacher who informed you of the contest), TEACHER’S PHONE and EMAIL, ENTRY CATEGORY and TITLE OF WORK.   Please print! Cover sheet available below.
 
Entries will be judged on: 1) Composition; 2) Originality 3) Depth of thought, and 4) Relationship to topic.
 
WRITING ENTRIES are to be a maximum of 750 words (middle school) or 1,000 (high school): typed, double-spaced, with numbered pages.  Please have a teacher review your writing before submitting.  Send the document as a .doc or.docx email attachment to margli@ourpeacecenter.org with the subject line “Art & Writing Contest 2016″.                                                                            
  
ART ENTRIES, mail or arrange for delivery by contacting the Center. Firmly attach the cover sheet on the back of the artwork.  Arrangements will be made for art to be returned after the Awards Dinner.  For video entries, please send as an email attachment or mail in a DVD. 
 
Mail to:  Mt.  Diablo Peace & Justice Center 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or contact the office to arrange for delivery: (925) 933-7850 or margli@ourpeacecenter.org.
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, April 22, 2016 
 
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center reserves the right to reprint and exhibit all entries.
Visit www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com for the required forms to submit with your writing/art.

 Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

55 Eckley Lane,  Walnut Creek, California 94596

(925) 933-7850  www.ourpeacecenter.org is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization

Calling All High School Students! $5000 Essay Writing Contest!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

 Submission window: Jan. 1–Feb. 28, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.

Our understanding of the human experience is enhanced by the study of significant historical artifacts. When we interact with art — when we learn about it, think about it, write and talk about it — we participate in a larger, ongoing conversation about culture and society. The 2016 Writing Prize contest invites you to be part of this conversation.

Your essay should share your perspective on the artwork you choose to write about, and it should also include evidence that backs up your conclusions. We’re looking for writing that is both interesting and instructive, and that clearly communicates your experience with the artwork and your views on it.

Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and can be submitted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016. You’ll need to ask a teacher-sponsor to approve and submit your essay; see How to Enter for more on that. We’ll select one student winner who will earn a $5,000 prize and have his or her essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic.

For more information, visit CollegeBoardWritingPrize.org

High School Students Win Art/Animation/Writing/Music Scholarships!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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Do you have interests in music, video and film visual arts, dance, creative writing, or animation?  If so, California State Summer School for the Arts may be for you.  From July 9 through August 5, 2016, professionals will offer their expertise in these areas to high school students.  Held at CalArts in Valencia, California, the tuition is $1700 for California residents and $5200 for out-of-state residents.  Full and partial scholarships are available for first-time California residents!

In addition, students can receive 3 units of college extension credit from the California State University system.

Applications must be completed by February 29, 2016.
For application details, visit https://www.csssa.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling All Kids and Teens! Art Contest for YOU!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

IMG_6759The California State Parks Foundation is offering an art contest for youth aged 4 – 18.   Why do you think state parks are great places?  Guidelines state “Posters should be no smaller than 8 inches x 10 inches and no larger than 11 inches x 17 inches.   Almost any kind of paper can be used, and we encourage use of chalk, ink, marker, photography, paint, or more.”

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Winners receive prize packages, including $50 gift cards from Subway!  Posters will be displayed online at calparks.org and featured in their publications and media.

Postmark your entry by September 8, 2015.  Winners will be announced in October 2015.

Visit http://www.calparks.org/whatwedo/advocacy/youthartcontest/ for the entry form which must be accompanied by the art submission.

 

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Missing that ZING! in your life?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

For the past few weeks, I’ve been immersed in a photo project.  Removing pictures from albums, scanning and numbering them haven’t been creative for me.  I’ve felt dulled, going through the motions but lacking that special zing.

A few days ago I met with my writing group. Surrounded by imagination, I felt that energy returning.  Zing! What a difference it made to my day.

So now, although I’m still getting past family photos in order, I’m reserving some time every day for writing.  Funny how after years of being a writer, I needed this reminder to myself.  Seek that deeper layer and all will be well.

Last week, I met with a friend who has been going through emotional trauma.  While walking on the beach, she took a photo of a fire.

Cross in Fire

“They were burning a cross?” I asked her, puzzled.

“No, Liz.  There WAS no cross,” she said.

Zing.

“You’re surrounded by spiritual love,” I told her

“I know,” she said.

Seek your other layer.  When you find it, honor it every day.

 

Writing Prompts:

1.  As you rush through your day, through work, commuting, household chores, and activities, schedule minutes to discover the deeper you.  Write stories, poems, create art.

2.  Honor your spirituality.  Give gratitude every day.   Provide a random act of kindness and see how it makes you feel.

3.  Search into your past for memories.  Write about how they’ve influenced you.  Use humor and story to give shape to your life.

4.  Appreciate others’ creative works.  Read, visit a museum, and an art show.  Let these ways broaden your own projects.

How Maori Healers Transform You . . . And Your Writing

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Several years ago, when my ninety-year-old dad was alive, he asked me, “Elizabeth, what’s it like to have a headache?”

He had to be kidding.

“So Dad, you’ve never had a headache?”

“Never,” he said.

After I picked myself off of the floor, I explained the sensations of headaches – - throbbing, “sickishness,” sharp shooting pains – - and then I told him about migraines. Multiply the former headache sensations by 100, add nausea and dizziness and you’ve got one.    

Recently, when I heard of Maori healers’ therapeutic powers and that they’d be in my area, I made an appointment.

As a healer gazed down at me lying on the massage table, she probed my torso with her hands. “You’ve had pelvic trauma.”

“Really? Do you mean the C-section I had years ago?”

 “Earlier than that,” she said. “You had it when you were very young.”

 What could she be talking about?

 “An operation for a hernia when I was two?” I said.

 “Ah, yes. That would do it.”

 “Do what?”

 “Damage is felt in your neck and head.”

 While I lay on a bodywork table, she sang a Maori prayer while placing her hands on me. At least I assume it was a prayer. Perhaps it was a catchy Travel to New Zealand jingle?

 Then she got to work. She exerted so much pressure with her hands on my torso I thought I’d end up in China.

 “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I asked her between gasps.  

 “Yes,” she said. “Breathe and you’ll feel better.”

 How could I since my internal organs were now in my lungs?

 At least it wasn’t a headache. In fact, my headache had gone. Was it was pain transference?

“Let go,” she advised.

 I obeyed, willing my body to relax and breathe. Closing my eyes, I discovered the pressure soon alleviated. 

Maybe I was getting used to living in China?

“Elizabeth,” said the healer.

 I opened my eyes.  Legs.  I followed the legs up . . . up . . . and saw her standing on top of me, touching the ceiling with a hand for balance.

“I don’t believe this,” I said.

An immense male Maori healer standing nearby said, “Get down and I’ll get up there.”

“She’d never let you,” said my healer.

After all, China wasn’t built in a day.

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Writing Prompts:

  1. During your writing, we should also let go. Too often our left brain’s structured thinking destroys or inhibits our creativity. Meditate before you begin your writing session to open up all of your possibilities.
  2. As you brainstorm possible ideas, whether they are plot prospects, character traits, or article ideas, don’t take your first one. Keep going until you know, within your intuition, it’s the right one.
  3. Got a plot problem? Stuck inside a scene? No metaphors to create theme? Keep paper and pen everywhere so you’re ready when your subconscious is.

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Discover Behind-the-Scenes Secrets at Chronicle Books!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

 

Admit it.  You’ve always wondered what goes on behind the scenes in book publishing.  Discover how editors and publishers make their magic!  Editor Melissa Manlove will give a fascinating presentation this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7 pm, at 1846 Union Street, San Francisco.

PLUS – - get 25% off everything in the Chronicle Store!

 

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