The Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals (AADCP) recognizes the impacts art can have on the participants in treatment courts. AADCP encourages current participants in treatment courts, as well as alumni, to share their art and sense of creativity through our Annual Art Contest.
Expressing oneself in a nonverbal manner can open communication in ways the spoken word cannot. Providing a visual of an experience can feel safer than putting it into words and can help connect the community through the unique experiences of participants depicted through the art. Art allows for self-exploration, as well as an acceptable way of dealing with difficult subject matter. Art also provides a tangible item that can illicit discussion and increased awareness.
AND, art is fun! It allows for people to play as they further their emotional and mental health healing, physical well-being, education and development.
The Arizona Problem Solving Court Conference includes the annual art contest open to current or past problem solving court participants. Conference attendees will vote for their favorite entry at the conference and the top three winners will receive gift cards (Conference Favorite = $150, 1st place = $125, 2nd place = $100, and 3rd place = $75, and Honorable Mention = $50.)
The guidelines for the contest:
- Each problem solving court in your county may enter up to 5 art pieces (entries can be paintings, drawings, sculptures, poems)
- Each problem solving court staff members are responsible for vetting the art entries prior to submission and obtaining the artists’ permission to display and photograph their art and name. Release of Information form click here
- Each entry is to align with the conference them or with Recovery
- Each program will identify a staff member to deliver the art entries to the conference for display (we will have a designated area) and be responsible for taking the art entries back to county/artist at the conclusion of the conference
- The deadline for submissions is the end of the day, April 2nd.
- Once you have identified your entries, submit a photo of the art and a completed Release of Information Form for each individual entry to this email firstname.lastname@example.org.