The 2018 Youth Poster Contest recognized 21 student artists as finalists or winners in several categories at a reception on June 8 at RileyStreet Art Supply in San Rafael. 19 of the 21 recognized artists attended the ceremony along with their families, other students, dignitaries, contest partners and members of the general public. The band Gary and the Crew performed for the packed crowd. The contest was presented in partnership by RileyStreet Art Supply, Bank of Marin, The Rock Poster Society, Haight Street Art Center, Marin County Fair, Marin Community Foundation and the Marin County Office of Education.
The Youth Poster Contest challenged 12-18 year old Marin students to communicate their hopes, optimism and concerns about social justice, climate change, firearms regulation, and other issues of importance to their generation through original poster creations. Each finalist, winner and the Producer’s Award winner received a gift certificate for art supplies plus a matching gift certificate for their school. Additionally, each of the 21 students received a personalized Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature, signed by both Assembly member Marc Levine and State Senator Mike McGuire. They also received a free pass to the Marin County Fair where the posters will be displayed from June 30-July 4. The posters be displayed at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato from Aug. 4-Sept. 16. Sir Francis Drake High School’s Andres Flores Miranda (above top) won first place in the 15-18 category for “My American Dream;” Redwood High School’s Kalyn Dawes (above middle) won the Producer’s Award for “Change or Change;” San Rafael High School’s Cindy Tran (above bottom) won third place in the 15-18 category for “Plastic Isn’t Fantastic.”
Bruce Burtch, pro bono producer of the Youth Poster Contest, was presented with a certificate of special recognition from Congressman Jared Huffman by Amy Schroeder, the congressman’s field representative (above top); Miller Creek Middle School’s Sarah Begley (above middle) was a finalist in the 12-14 category for “Holding the World;” Miller Creek Middle School’s Dylan Gibson (above bottom) received an honorable mention in the 12-14 category for “Love is Every Color.”
-Photos courtesy of Youth Poster Contest