BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — Every daub of paint or line of pencil will go to help abused kids.
The Davis County Children’s Justice Center is seeking entries for its annual art contest. Entries are due April 8 at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best work in youth and adult categories, after which the art will be auctioned off to help fund the center’s training programs.
“We facilitate interviews for kids who have been alleged victims of sex abuse,” said Children’s Justice Center Coordinator Susan Burton. “We mostly run on grants, but fundraising projects help.”
The theme of the contest is “Rise Above,” and all contest entries must somehow tie into the theme. Winners will be announced at the start of the upcoming CJC open house, set for April 13 at 2 p.m. Costumed superheroes will be an attendance, and staff members will deliver a short presentation.
The auction will also be held at the open house, with bidding sheets available next to the displayed art.
“It’s a silent auction,” said Burton. “People just write down what they want to pay.”
Categories are divided into first through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, jr. high, high school and adult. This is the first year that adults have been included in the contest, a move that organizers hope will make the contest grow.
“We just wanted to expand,” said Burton. “We’re hoping that it gets bigger and better every year.”
At the Children’s Justice Center, investigators from the police department or child protective services interview alleged victims in private rooms. The interviews are recorded, lessening the need for repeated interviews.
“It’s a friendlier environment than at the police station,” said Burton.
CJC staff members also speak to the parents, helping to connect them to local counselors who might be able to help the child. Parents are also informed on the criminal justice process and what they can expect next.
According to Burton, the center’s primary fundraiser is a golf tournament held June 7. The benefits for both the tournament and the art contest, however, are more than just financial.
“It’s more about awareness,” she said.
Entries may be submitted on paper, canvas board, cardboard, hot or cold pressboard, or canvas. Art may not exceed 24x30 inches, including matting, and all paper or canvas art must be framed or mounted on sturdy cardboard. All art must be two-dimensional and not more than three eights of an inch thick.
Entry forms, which can be picked up at 98 S. 100 East in Farmington, must be attached to the back of the art. All art must be turned into the CJC by the contest deadline.
For more information, call 801-451-3560.