Building Healthy Communities is staging a logo contest for contestants who must be residents of Merced County and from 6th grade to age 23.
Contestants can submit up to three entries on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper — no electronic entries accepted — with their name and two ways of contact. Entries must be hand-delivered to the Arts Council, or mailed no later than Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
Priority will be given to youngsters living in the BHC service areas, which are South Merced, Beachwood/Franklin, Planada and Le Grand.
Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded by members of the BHC committee and representatives of the Merced County Arts Council. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the BHC Logo Contest Reception at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W Main St., on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Prize scholarships included a $500 grand prize and $250 runner-up in three age categories.
Contestants may also come to one of these workshops for tips on how to get started: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center, 645 W Main St in downtown Merced; Thursday, Sept. 29, 4 - 5:15 p.m. at Le Grand High School, 12961 East Le Grand Road.
By the end of the workshop, contestants will know a little bit more about Building Healthy Communities and have at least an idea, if not even a sketch, of the kind of logo they want to design for the contest. Graphic designer Brooke Promnitz will facilitate the workshop.
Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion program of The California Endowment. Fourteen communities across the state are trying to make those areas healthier. The endowment has given a grant to the Sun-Star for a health care reporter.