Are You a Young Person Affected by ME? How do you Visualize Health Equity? Join a National Contest

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is holding a contest for young people (ages 5 to 26) to submit art, music, writing, videos, dance, etc. related to social determinants of health equity. This is an excellent opportunity for youth with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) – and their friends and siblings – to raise awareness about the disease in a creative way. 

Social determinants of health equity include housing, food, transportation, health care access, education, employment, social environment, income – all issues faced by someone with ME. International submissions are welcomedGroups may also submit rather than individuals.

Winners get their work displayed online, and possibly at a live gallery show in Summer of 2019. NAM is based in Washington, DC and is visited by influential doctors, scientists, health officials, and politicians daily. 

Submission deadline: February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. US Pacific time

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  • Submissions are open to individuals ages 5-26. Submissions from individuals older than 26 and younger than 5 will not be considered.
  • International submissions are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Non-English-language submissions are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Visual and nonvisual art, such as music and creative writing, are welcome. Accepted mediums include drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media, murals, collage, sculpture, film, poetry, digital art, spoken word, performance art, and more.
  • Please provide clear photographs of all visual art (300 dpi high resolution), from multiple angles and showing close-up detail as appropriate. Creative writing should be submitted in PDF format and performance art or music should be submitted in video format. Video submissions should be submitted via a YouTube or Vimeo link. Please do not send us the original file. If you do not have a YouTube or Vimeo account, please email Kyra Cappelucci at [email protected].
  • You may submit previously-existing art as long as you are the original artist or have formal permission from the artist to submit their work for this project.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form which includes a brief written explanation (artist statement) of how your art relates to the social determinants of health, health equity, healthy communities, or what the world may look like when everyone has the same chance to be happy, healthy, and safe. The artist statement should also describe what you hope people will learn or understand after viewing your art.
  • Your written artist statement should be no more than 300 words and should be written in complete sentences.
  • Parents/guardians/teachers may assist in writing the artist statement for young children. Statements should still capture the essence of what each child feels about their own art.
  • By submitting your art for this project, you are granting non-exclusive lifetime permission for the NAM to display, publish, and share your art in digital and print formats. This includes your written explanation (artist statement). Full credit will always be given to the artist, and copyright will remain with the artist. Art submitted for this project will not be reproduced for purchase or profit.
  • Individuals and groups may participate. Limit three submissions per person/group.
  • Artists under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

2 thoughts on “Are You a Young Person Affected by ME? How do you Visualize Health Equity? Join a National Contest”

  1. Hello. I think this is a great project. I’ve got a slightly tangential question. Does anyone know of people at the Academy, or elsewhere, who is doing research or outreach for young people who are caregivers for parents with ME/CFS (or related diseases)? My daughter, 23, is the sole caregiver for me, her single mother; I’ve had totally disabling ME/CFS since she was 18. We’ve not found any groups to provide a supportive online forum or any other support for young caregivers who are sons or daughters (and in our case ) without siblings or other parents to share the burden. I’d like to know if there is any research or outreach being done. Thank you.

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