2013 Art Contest

To Help Inspire Acceptance and End Stigma 


by Salma F. of Hamden, Connecticut. Age 8

Elementary-aged students showed us what it feels like when someone is unkind because of a difference.  

Stigma negatively impacts many people. The shame felt interferes with getting needed support, both for the individual impacted and their family members. It hurts.

In response to this social problem, Be Stigma-Free and NAMI-Fairfield offered an Art Contest for elementary-aged children attending Kindergarten-5th grade in the state of Connecticut. 

The art contest’s theme “Through My Eyes” encouraged child-artists to share how they feel when someone is unkind to them because something sets them apart. It could be how they look, how they feel, or how others think about them. This contest offered an opportunity to raise understanding, nurture compassion, inspire change and end stigma by helping others empathize with people who are hurting.

A show of the art submitted was held on Monday, February 24-25, 2014 at the Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Connecticut. All artists were celebrated and the winners were presented awards at the Opening on the evening of February 24, 2014.

All artists’ work can be viewed on our Pinterest page. 

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