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An Artistic Approach to Get People Vaccinated

Over the next few weeks, artists of all ages will be able to use their voices to illustrate how vaccines promote individual and community health.

Voices For Vaccination is a regional art contest that aims to encourage the community to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Toni Leaf-Odette is the Prenatal Grant Coordinator for Munson Healthcare.

She said it’s an opportunity for members of the community to come together and take action against COVID-19.

“We’re trying to spread a public message through the use of art. What people can do is they can respond to our call for submission and they can submit work in any medium.”   

Munson Healthcare is accepting pieces from now until March 15th.

Leaf-Odette said, “We’re looking for classrooms, we’re looking for your teenager sitting at home you know who has something to say. . . So we really want people to be open to sending things in, and lifting up their voice.”

She said there are three judging categories based on age group: kids eight years old and younger, older kids and teens ages nine to seventeen, and a group for adults.

Three winners will be announced in each age group. First place wins $1,000, second place wins $500, and third place will receive $200.

Winning pieces will be displayed across northwest lower Michigan.

Gena is a rising junior at Central Michigan University, double majoring in broadcast and cinematic arts and political science.