Wednesday, September 19, 2007

APF pain & creativity contest reminder

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It's not too late to submit your entries for the 2007 American Pain Foundation Pain & Creativity Exhibit. The entry deadline has been extended to September 20, leaving you plenty of time to submit work that captures the impact of pain on your life. Part of the joy of creative expression is sharing it with others, and this is a wonderful opportunity to share your work with people who will undoubtedly appreciate it on a unique level. I also believe it is valuable to learn how others cope with their pain and illness. Sharing our expressions opens a window for that sharing.
“Recognizing that we are all creative and have the power to turn adversity into opportunity, we would like to expand our Pain and Creativity network to connect artists and their expressions of pain through an online exhibit of creative work,” said Will Rowe, Executive Director of APF. “Our hope is that the submissions to the Pain and Creativity Exhibit come in a variety of forms, including film, sculpture, words, painting and quilt blocks, from people who have pain or from people who are affected by pain.” Entrants can contribute poetry, prose, a digital photo of their artwork, or an inspirational video that tells the story of how pain can affect one’s life. Along with their submission, entrants also need to include a paragraph that describes how their piece of art represents their pain experience. A related project sponsored by APF in conjunction with the Lagniappe Project of Baltimore is calling for the submission of quilt blocks for the inclusion in a quilt which will reflect the experience of pain. ... The finished quilts will be exhibited at the APF’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in October and will be used for fundraising purposes through the Celebration Auction and/or through other fundraising efforts.

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