Fight Toxic Chemicals: Make Some Art!By Ali Geering-Kline
Just last week, we told you about the exciting news that Senator Dianne Feinstein agreed to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act!
Now is the time to keep the pressure on and encourage other Senators to sign on in support of the Safe Chemicals Act. The first step? Make some art!
For the many parents and families that support this bill: now is your chance to get your family more involved! Our coalition partner Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is hosting an Art Contest to see our healthy future through children’s imaginative eyes (and art)!
It’s fun, creative, and it’s for a good cause. We’re hoping that CEH supporters and families across the country will paint, draw, or photograph what they envision as a healthy future for people and the environment.
Parents and youth leaders across the country are key players in the movement for safer chemicals. They are the powerful messengers that have been telling their Senators why they support the Safe Chemicals Act, a bill that would put common sense limits on toxic chemicals. You’ve seen our advocacy opportunities, like the Stroller Brigades and Safe Chemicals Act Call-In Days. They’ve given you a platform to send the message loud and clear: we want Washington D.C. to protect our families, communities and environment from toxic chemicals.
Now you have an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing by doing something collaborative with your family to teach them about the importance of engaging your elected officials.
For the Safer Chemicals Art Contest, we want to see what happens when your family paints, draws, or photographs what a healthy future for people and the environment looks like.
For younger kids, it might be a drawing of a clean lake nearby, or an image their family. You can even organize a “playdate” with friends to get more people involved!
For older kids, there are endless possibilities: they can create a short film about why eliminating toxics from our bodies and environment is something we should be thinking about, or they can create a toxic chemical avenging superhero.
Safer Chemicals Art Contest Details:
Who: Three age categories: 5 and under, 6-12 and 13-18
When: Art submissions will be collected until February 29th, 2012
What: Kids of all ages make art describing what a healthy future for our families and environment means to them.
- Artwork will be delivered to your Senator asking them Artwork will be delivered to your Senator asking them to support the Safe Chemicals Act! Need more clarity on the theme, email Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Deputy Director, Lindsay Dahl for ideas. We can also help you set up a meeting with your Senator’s office in your state so parents & artists can make a delivery in person.
Where: We’d love to collect art from as many states as possible. If you are a parent of a young child, perhaps you want to organize a “playdate” where kids do art together. Be sure to take pictures!
Prize: Winners of the art contest will receive a generous basket of non-toxic art supplies, their art featured on our website and via social media. Art that is 2-D will be printed on canvass to hang and feature in your home! Video winners will be featured on our website! Interest and want more information?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for contest rules and ideas for how to make art with your friends and family.
Tags: Art Contest, drawing, families, health, kids, painting, Safe Chemicals, toxics
Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.