2021 Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest

February 8, 2021

The New Hampshire Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Communications Committee and its partner organizations are excited to announce the launch of the 2021 Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest!  The Magnify Voices Expressive Arts Contest begin in 2019 as the flagship activity during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month to highlight the need for improvement in NH’s children’s mental health system.  Over 100 submissions were received in the first 2 years, and we anticipate greater participation this year.

Youth in middle and high school (grades 5 – 12) are invited to submit creative pieces about their experiences with mental health in New Hampshire. The creative pieces will be showcased to help raise awareness, decrease stigma and discrimination, and affect change. Youth are invited to create a short film (2 minutes or less); write an essay or poem (1000 words or less); or design another medium of expression such as a painting, song, or sculpture. The goal of Magnify Voices is to raise awareness of the necessary changes needed to ensure socially and emotionally healthy youth in the Granite State.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021.  Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges with varied expertise according to their grade (5-8th and 9-12th).  Prize money will be awarded, and a celebration event (TBD) will take place in May. Go to the website Tinyurl.com/magnifyvoices2021 for more information including the rules and guidelines, past submissions, and a list of partners and sponsors.  For additional questions, email magnifyvoices@gmail.com.

Promotional materials are attached including a flyer and PowerPoint presentation with additional details.  Follow Magnify Voices on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest information.