Reach Out


Welcome To The Masks Are Medicine Contest Portal

Entries will be judged every Friday Starting September 4th, 2020.

You may have asked yourself how you can play a meaningful role in your community right now. 
Use your talents in the arts and media to reach others like yourselves who can help stop the
spread of the Coronavirus in Riverside County.  Community voices are critical to crafting community-driven outreach to encourage all residents and business owners to take precautions to
stop the spread of COVID-19.

Become a Health Ambassador Through Art
2 Ways to Help ~ 2 Ways To Win!

First Way to Help 

Create a 30-second PSA (Public Service Announcement) video promoting precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 through the 3 simple steps:

●   Wear a face covering ● 
●   Keep 6 feet of distance from others ● 
●   Wash hands regularly ● 

It is especially needed to have video messages that can reach youth 12-25 years old, Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islanders, Latinx persons, Black/African American persons, LGBTQ communities, farmworkers/agricultural communities, hospitality workers, and others.


Second Way to Help

Create a piece of art to amplify the 3 simple steps for
people to protect themselves and their loved ones from Coronavirus through your own creative expression:

●   Wear a face covering ●
●   Keep 6 feet of distance from others ● 
●   Wash hands regularly ● 

What is your talent? Entries to the Health Ambassador Art Contest can include but are not limited to, original inspired artwork, photography, music, poetry, written word, sculpture, paintings, drawings, or other non-moving media.


Contest Rules and Information

Entrants must be residents of Riverside County – all ages are welcome to submit entries.
Submissions must fit with the 3 Simple Messages and encourage slowing the spread of Coronavirus.
Entries must be submitted by the deadline each week – 5pm each Friday from September 4th to October 9th, 2020.
● You may submit as many entries as you would like in either category.
All entries must be your own work; no copying, tracing, or plagiarism allowed.  All artwork (done by hand, photographed, or created digitally) must be original and created by the entrant.
All entries must include an approval of Consent and Release Form.  Youth under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to participate as verified on the Consent and Release Form.  Submission of the entry form requires you to certify that these conditions have been met.
We reserve the right to reject entries that depict substance use, are gratuitously violent, sexually suggestive, vulgar, or otherwise explicitly offensive. 
Contact information in the Entrant Information section must be complete and active.
By submitting the entry, you give Reach Out and Riverside County permission to use your entry in media campaigns in any format and on any communications platform.
Due to COVID-19 public health directives, all submissions must be made electronically. No hand-delivered or mailed submissions will be accepted during the contest phase.
If selected as a winner, arrangements will be made with the artist to pick up the artwork in a manner that is safe and follows social distancing guidelines.

Deadlines

A weekly winner will be selected each Friday from September 4th to October 9th, 2020. To be considered for each week’s competition, your entry must be received each Friday by 5:00 pm.

Weekly Prize Entry Deadline Dates:
> September 4th
> September 11th
> September 18th
> September 25th
> October 2nd

> October 9th

Grand Prize Entry Deadline:

Entries Must Be Received by October 9th, 2020.
Grand prize winners will be chosen from all entries received
from August 31-October 9th

Themes & Inspiration

●        Most Creative
●        Reasons I Wear a Mask
●        Best Educational Message
●        How the Pandemic Has Affected Me
●        What I Miss Most About Life Before the COVID-19 Pandemic
●        Riverside County Rising Above the Pandemic
●        More contest themes will be announced on Reach Out’s Facebook page.  
       Click here to visit the page

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged by a panel of judges who will assign scores to each eligible entry based on the following criteria: Visual Impact, Artistic Quality, Originality, and Strength of the Message (3 simple messages/slowing the spread of COVID-19) .

Judges will choose a winner in each of the following categories:
1. Most Memorable COVID Safety Message
2. Most Inspirational
3. Most Humorous
4. Most Creative

Recognition

Winners will be recognized through social media and other communications platforms and will receive recognition from the Board of Supervisors of Riverside County, and other organizations and elected officials. 

30-Second PSA Video
As an incentive to winning entries, your video may be shared through several different channels, including social media, cable, and possibly even network airtime. The top winner each week will receive a $50 gift card!

Art Entries
Winning art entries will be displayed in a place of honor frequented by the community, played on the radio or featured in newspaper or magazine ads. The top winner each week will receive a $50 gift card!

If a 3-dimensional artwork is the winner (e.g. a sculpture or painting), the artwork will be displayed in a prominent Riverside County public place (Ex: hospital, park, city hall, community organization).  

Tips

In the case of physically created entries, don’t throw away or lose your original submission.  Reach Out may contact you for permission to show your original artwork in a physical location for viewing by the public.

When photographing physical artwork, ensure your photo is in focus, clear, free from distracting reflections from a flash or other light source, and that the lighting is good so that your photo isn’t grainy.  We recommend using indirect natural light.  Additionally, some cell phones may have settings that reduce the file size of your photos in order to increase the amount of photos that can be stored – you may want to check these settings if your photo taken on a cell phone seems unclear or very small when viewed.

If you are submitting a video, there are many royalty-free resources online.  When using these resources, be sure to follow all directions from the artist regarding crediting the source of the music.  Please note this type of website may offer both free and paid access to certain music, may require you to sign up for an account, or require a subscription to download music or sound effects.   Please review all website terms carefully. 

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have Photoshop or Final Cut Pro – there are many free resources that you can use to edit your photos or videos!!  Many of your favorite social media apps include built-in editors, and we are including a list of other easy-to-use resources below.  Please note that while these resources are “free,” some of these apps may offer in-app purchases for certain functionalities, or may require you to sign up for a free account to use them.  Additionally, some may work better on certain types of editing than others.  As always, read all terms and descriptions thoroughly before downloading. 

  The following websites offer no-cost software:

Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects
●        www.bensound.com
●        YouTube Audio Library
●        Mixkit
●        Free Stock Music

Video
●        Adobe Spark
●        Blender       
●        Video Show

Photo
●        Photoshop Express    
●        Snapspeed       
●        Canva 

Contact Information:
Contact Reach Out at MasksAreMedicine@we-reachout.org.

Questions? Contact Us

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