Calling all artists and photographers: the Community Art Contest is open!

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Art opens our senses to discover the world around us.

With our thanks to Here to help the teamthe pin – Network of people and information – is pleased to welcome artists and photographers in a unique initiative to celebrate volunteerism.

The Community Art Contest opens February 1 and welcomes submissions of art or photography that embody the theme of community.

If you’re an artist or photographer, share your passion and creativity by submitting a photo of an original artwork or photograph on Instagram. Any piece that you feel embodies the theme of community is welcome – the organizers would love to see it!

The contest is a way to engage with the community through an artistic medium, explains Kim Cusimano, CEO of PIN. “Through this initiative, we seek to celebrate local artistic talent in Guelph Wellington and raise awareness of the winning artist by having their submission turned into prizes for our National Volunteer Week Awards. volunteer action Time to Give.»

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PIN hosts an annual community event called Time to Give to celebrate volunteerism. This year, they aim to present five volunteer awards:

  • Leaders of Tomorrow Award (14-24 year olds)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (20+ years of service)
  • Community Volunteer Award (one person in a formal or informal volunteer role)
  • Volunteer Leadership Award (Board or Committee Member)
  • Guiding Light Award (a person influencing change through volunteering)

Art and volunteering are incredible gifts to the community, Cusimano says. This competition simply brings local attention to both.

The competition opens February 1 and submissions must be submitted by February 15. Be sure to include your PIN on your entry and use the hashtag #PINHereToHelp.

Once the contest is over, a PIN committee will choose the finalists and invite the community to vote for their favorite via Instagram. Voting will be open from February 21 for a period of two weeks.

Please share the details of this competition with your fellow artists and all local art and photography organizations and businesses. The more entries, the better!

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The winner will receive a $500 honorarium and will be featured in the Time to Give program and PIN’s digital booklet, as well as on the organization’s website, social media, member e-newsletter and subscriber list. The winning artwork will also be made into a small draw, which will be awarded as the 2022 National Volunteer Week Volunteer Award.

This is the first year that the competition has been organised. “We’re excited to see the creativity and the way people perceive art that ’embodies community,'” Cusimano says. “All art is beautiful. Tell us, through your lens, sketch or painting, what do you see that embodies community? »

PIN is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services in Guelph and Wellington. Their goal: to help people engage with their community in ways that are meaningful to them. They help people find volunteer opportunities that match their interests, passions and skills. They also support local nonprofits and charities in their efforts to engage volunteers by providing resources, training and consultation.

PIN also helps people find information about health services, income support, settlement services, programs for seniors and more through an online database of over 1,200 local listings.

Cusimano says, “We love local. Since 2001, we have invested the work of our organization in community and volunteerism. The idea of ​​local art becoming a volunteer award brings the community even closer together by celebrating art, photography and volunteerism.

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