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Paint the State anti-meth contest underway

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HELENA — The Montana Meth Project’s Paint the State, a nationwide public art competition to visually portray the dangers of methamphetamine use, is underway. The submission period ended July 15, and voting begins Aug. 1. Winners will be announced on Sept. 18.

Artwork will be visible to the public from July 16 – Sept. 15, whether online or in a public location. A celebrity panel will select winners and award $7,500 to the top submission in each of the following categories: Video, Outdoor/Sculpture, and Artwork/Photography. 

The general public will vote online for the People’s Choice awards in each category as well. People’s Choice winners will receive $2,500.

A total of $30,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the competition. 

Paint the State 2015 will build on the success of the 2006 and 2010 contests, when teens all over Montana created more than 1,000 works of art that blanketed nearly 30,000 square feet — the largest public art contest in history. Entries appeared on buildings, buses, and even on sheep and cows across the state.

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