Gala rec­og­nizes young artists

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On the evening of Novem­ber 3, the Drumheller & Area AS­SET De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion an­nounced the win­ners of the 2016 "Make the Most of You" Youth Art Con­test.

Stu­dents from Drumheller, Mor­rin, and Car­bon were hon­oured at our Youth Art Gala Event held at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity and re­ceived awards in three con­test cat­e­gories. El­e­men­tary Best Over­all – Jorja Rus­sell, Mor­rin School Best in Cat­e­gory a) Make the Most of You: Mor­gan Brown, Car­bon School b) Make the Most of Your Fam­ily: Tay­lor Macfar­lane, Mor­rin School c) Make the Most of Your Com­mu­nity: Owen Longuepee, Car­bon School Ju­nior High Best Over­all – James Zuc­catto, Drumheller Val­ley Sec­ondary School Best in Cat­e­gory a) Make the Most of You: Made­line Cun­can­non, Mor­rin School b) Make the Most of Your Fam­ily: Sa­man­tha McKee, Mor­rin School Peo­ple's Choice Award: Jake Goet­tler, Car­bon School

School Prize Award: Car­bon School Gr. 5/6 Class - $200 for art sup­plies

This fall, the Drumheller & Area AS­SET De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion de­vel­oped and pro­moted the Youth Art Con­test to stu­dents in Grades 3-12 in the Drumheller area. Stu­dents were en­cour­aged to sub­mit all types of art, not lim­ited to tra­di­tional meth­ods, but in­clu­sive of things like orig­i­nal po­etry or pieces of music.

The con­test had an over­ar­ch­ing theme of “Make the Most of You”, with open cat­e­gories for how youth make the most of them­selves, their fam­ily, and their com­mu­nity. As part of their sub- mis­sion, stu­dents were asked to tell us the story of their jour­ney to creat­ing their art, shar­ing not only a de­scrip­tion of their piece, but also their in­spi­ra­tions and learn­ings.

This ini­tia­tive was done in part­ner­ship with our lo­cal Al­berta Health Ser­vices Ad­dic­tion & Men­tal Health team, in pro­mo­tion of Na­tional Ad­dic­tions Aware­ness Week, which oc­curs an­nu­ally dur­ing the third week of Novem­ber. The week aims to raise aware­ness about is­sues re­lated to sub­stance abuse and prob­lem gam­bling, and to high­light how in­di­vid­u­als can take steps to en- sure an ad­dic­tion-free life­style for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

The coali­tion re­ceived en­tries from youth in Drumheller, Mor­rin, and Car­bon, and those pieces have now been put on dis­play at the Western GM Art Gallery for the first week of Novem­ber (Nov. 1-7).

Youth artists from Drumheller, Mor­rin and Car­bon par­tic­i­pated in the Drumheller and Area AS­SET De­vel­op­ment Coali­tion’s “Make the Most of You” art con­test.

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