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COVID-19 art contest lets children creatively express themselves, chance to win prizes

COURTESY PHOTO: DR. CHRIS CIRINO - Children across the community are invited to join in a fun art contest to share how they are feeling during the COVID-19 crisis. A local infectious disease specialist has created an art contest for kids to help them express their feelings about the novel coronavirus and a change to win prizes.

Dr. Chris Cirino, with Adventist Health, is curating the submissions and sharing them so everyone can enjoy the creativity coming from COVID-19 and the social distancing mandate.

"This is an unprecedented time in our lives — a dramatic change in how society functions," Cirino said. "I think this is a wonderful time to reflect on different forms of expression."

There are two prompts kids can take on with their artwork. The first is how COVID-19 makes them feel. The second is to create a positive message of community perseverance while in social distancing. The idea is that through the art and prompts, parents can discuss with their children about what is going on.

"The art project is for our kids who have to stay home," Cirino said. "Many might be too young to understand how this is being transmitted, so it's a way for them to express themselves and have their parents speak with them."

COURTESY PHOTO: DR. CHRIS CIRINO - One of the submissions already sent in, made by the talented Eugenia.The ages who may enter are 5-17. Art can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through Thursday, April 9. Submissions should be a cropped photo of the artwork, the first name of the artist and their age.

Cirino shares the pieces on Instagram with #cov19_art for everyone to enjoy the art. Also by submitting your art, there is a chance it could be featured in a future compilation or book.

"This is not to give honor to the virus, but to us for being creative," he said.

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