CHEYENNE, WYOMING –  Zonta of Cheyenne is seeking entries for its fourth annual art contest to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Laramie County area.  Entries must be submitted no later than Dec. 22, 2017 by 5 p.m.

The theme of this year’s contest is Human Trafficking:It’s in YOUR hometown! See it to STOP it!  Art in any medium is welcome including, but not limited to textiles, photographs, paintings, sculptures, tattoo, or drawings.  Three cash prizes of $200 each are being offered: one for the youth category for artists age 17 or younger, one for the adult category of artists 18 and older, and the third for People’s Choice Award.

“Zonta began this art contest as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Laramie County area.  We believe it is a hidden evil in our community that will not be stopped unless and until we start to discuss it frankly and openly,” said, Jaime Davis, president of the Zonta Club of Cheyenne. “As the number of art entries grows each year and more artists offer expressions and interpretations of this horrific offense, more awareness opportunities are created.  Awareness is the first step to eliminating this terrible crime. Rather than turning away from this difficult subject, we hope that local artists of all ages will help raise awareness of this serious matter by submitting a piece of art that can become a conversation starter as it is displayed during January which is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.”

Art entries will be displayed at Flydragon Art Studio at 600 West 17th Street, the entire month of January and will be featured as “Artists of the Month” for Cheyenne Art Walk where the general public can help vote for the People’s Choice Award recipient.  A reception for the artists, their friends and families, and the general public will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Meanwhile, art entries may be submitted at Flydragon Art Studio at 600 West 17th Street no later than Dec 22, 2017.  Entries must include the artist’s name, phone number and email address.

General Information
Founded in 1956, the Zonta Club of Cheyenne is an organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.  Its members have volunteered countless hours of  time and hundreds of thousands of dollars toward local and international projects that advance the status and well-being of women and children. Zonta Club of Cheyenne is a member of Zonta International, a global organization founded in 1919, with more than 30,000 members in 67 countries and geographic areas.

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