Download the Art Search Flyer (PDF)

Related: Problem Gambling Awareness Month |  Art Search Poster Gallery

Middle school aged youth are eligible to participate (6th – 8th graders), but they don’t have to be affiliated with a particular school to submit art (could be individuals, members of youth groups, church groups, homeschooled youth, etc.).  Prevention coordinators can publicize this activity using the art search flyer or by any other means they choose in their local area, but be sure to let youth know how to submit their entries to you.  The deadline for youth to submit art to you is March 30, 2016.  Your deadline for selecting the pieces to forward to the State is April 15, 2016 (see below for details).2016-art-search-banner


Selection and Judging

Statewide judging of the artwork will take place on April 16th and coordinators and students will be notified by April 21st as to which pieces were selected for inclusion in the 2016 calendar.  Artwork will be judged by representatives of Addictions and Mental Health.

Submission to the State:  deadline April 15th

  • Coordinators will select (in whatever way they choose) and send to PGS a maximum of 5 pieces of art for each county they represent.  Please mail your 5 entries to: Roxann Jones 500 Summer St E 86 Salem, OR  97301.
  • Each submission needs the student’s name, grade, name of school and teacher printed on the back of the artwork.


Artwork Messaging

A few suggested messages (below) have been developed and are listed on the back of the art search flier—students do not have to use these messages, they are just some ideas to generate creativity.  Students may also create and illustrate their own message. Please encourage participants not to have the artwork show a winning hand or a winning combination of symbols; this can be a trigger for some individuals who struggle with problem gambling.  Our publication department can edit the artwork if need be, but it is our preference not to have to edit the artwork submitted by the youth.

  • Gambling can be a risky activity
  • Gambling for money online is illegal
  • Using “free” internet gambling sites puts you at risk for identity theft and other serious problems
  • Free counseling is available for anyone with a gambling problem
  • Gambling problems can happen to anyone
  • There are better things for kids to do for fun than gamble
  • People who gamble should set and stick to a limit of time and money
  • Signs of problem gambling: lying about gambling and betting more than you intended to
  • Gambling addiction is a problem many of us are not aware of
  • People can recover from gambling problems

Because the calendar is done by the state and in order to avoid over or underrepresentation of geographic areas, the artist’s name and age will be listed on the calendar, but not geographical location.


Other free and low cost ways to use your local artwork:

  • Post them on your website
  • Create a display in your building lobby and /or public gathering place (especially during OPGAW)
  • Color copy and laminate the posters and use them in exhibiting opportunities throughout the year
  • Encourage participating schools to put the posters on display
  • Media Releases highlighting the ones that are selected for the calendar or your top pick.  Some media will even add a picture of the artwork to the article.
  • Highlight what artists are local in the calendar by labeling the front cover with what month/student represents your region.
  • Create a poster from the numerous artwork selections you receive.


Questions?  Email Roxann Jones: