To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 7, and the art, creativity, and resiliency of Fremont students, the City of Fremont Human Services Department, Youth and Family Services Division in partnership with Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), hosted the third annual Children Mental Health Awareness Art Competition.
This year, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the City and FUSD partnered to make the competition virtual. Students had an opportunity to work on their submissions during the school closure and Shelter in Place order. They were encouraged to help promote mental health awareness and the theme of “Sharing Feelings and Hope” through drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, creative writing, or short film. Over 270 submissions were received across all grade levels and media types.
To display the Students’ works, the City launched a virtual art exhibition. All of the winners, finalists, and selected additional submissions are highlighted, among all the submissions in the virtual gallery. Mayor Lily Mei produced a video to recognize the event and announce the winners and finalists, who were selected by a judging panel made up of a Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board Trustee, FUSD Student Support Services staff, a high school educator and high school students, local social service agency representatives, fine and graphic artists, , and City of Fremont employees.
For more information about the art competition or event, please call the City of Fremont Youth and Family Services Division at 510-574-2100.