Salvation Army-Roswell and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art are co-sponsoring a youth art contest aimed at helping students in Roswell heal after the Tuesday shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
Elementary, middle and high school students, ages 7 and up, are encouraged to enter pieces into the Healing Art Contest.
The contest asks for two pieces of art sized 8.5 by 11 inches or larger. The first piece should depict hurt; the second, hope.
Salvation Army will grant scholarships to the Salvation Army Summer Camp in Arizona to the 20 winning entries. Students must be at least 7 years old to attend the camp, hence the age minimum. Younger children may also enter but will not be eligible for the prize.
A copy of the entry form is printed on page A3. Entries are due by Feb. 14 to the Salvation Army, 612 West College Blvd., or the Anderson Museum, 409 East College Blvd. Entry forms can also be picked up at either location.
“The beauty of this project is its simplicity,” said Salvation Army Capt. Beau Perez.
The idea for the contest came to Perez during a youth program session Wednesday, he said.
“What the kids were talking about was the shooting, and I realized, ‘Hey, we’re doing art therapy,’” he said.
“I thought, this is the moment of healing, here.”
Salvation Army and the Anderson Museum ultimately hope to arrange entries in an installation for the community to view, according to Perez.
He said he hopes the contest helps the whole community heal after this week’s tragedy.
He commented, “I think it’s going to help me.”