Young Native American Artists Invited to Express Their Vision of Community by Entering Poster Contest

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Verizon and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) are inspiring young Native American artists to visually express their hopes and dreams for their tribal communities and enter a youth poster contest this month.

The contest, themed For All My Relations: Family Culture and Community, will award top prizes of $350 savings bonds in two categories for artists aged 10-13 and 14-17. Second and third prizes of $100 and $50 savings bonds will also be awarded in each age category.

"We are asking native youth to envision their future," said Joseph Myers, executive director of the National Indian Justice Center and a board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. "We are excited to see how they will portray their ideas and goals through artistic expression." 

Entries, which can be no larger than 22 inches by 28 inches, must be mailed by June 23 to the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.  Artists are each limited to one entry. They must sign their poster and include a one- or two-paragraph statement explaining how their submission represents the contest theme.  

The winners will be announced and displayed at the National Indian Justice Center's ninth annual For All My Relations conference in Anaheim July 10.

"Sharing these posters at the conference will go far to inspire many of the individuals who work every day to improving the well-being of tribal communities," Myers said.

During the conference, Verizon will present a $99,000 grant to CIMCC to fund a distance-learning program that will promote domestic-violence prevention in California's Native-American communities.

Complete contest rules and entry forms are available at http://nijc.org/conferences.html.

Founded in 1991 at the Presidio of San Francisco and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1996, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) is creating a statewide, issues-based museum that gives California Indians a voice in the telling of their histories. 

With the experience and transformative power of exhibits as guiding factors, the CIMCC's goal is to create a unique educational resource on California Indians and a worldclass destination for the people of California, the nation and the world.  

When completed the museum will be a place where the public will learn about tribal perspectives and where Native Americans can proudly view the California Indian contributions to civilization.  CIMCC's work as a cultural institution reaches beyond traditional museum roles of education, resources and preservation.  It is our goal to provide a forum for civic space, a dialogue for ideas that impact the history and future of American Indians.  CIMCC will be a place to address important issues impacting tribal communities throughout country and the state.

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