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Visual Arts and poetry contest: No Xcuse 4 Dating Abuse


February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to breakthecycle.org, one in three teenagers reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or physically hurt by their partner. For the last six years, the Teen Dating Violence Summit has brought valuable information and resources to teenagers in Prince George’s County.


Visual and Poetry Contest:

I am inviting students ages 13-21 to create a piece of visual art  or poets to create a written piece depicting self-love.


Visual Arts Criteria

Eligible types of media are:

  • paintings
  • sculptures
  • 3D art
  • collages
  • graphic art
  • photography


We are asking that:

  • Submissions are brought to the Central Area Office inside of Watkins Park by February 8, 2019 at 5:00pm. (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774)
  • Contestants email Carlotta.Wade@pgparks.com with a photo of your work and the date you intend to bring it to the Central Area Office at Watkins Park.
  • Submissions are tasteful with no derogatory images, implications, or language.
  • Participants invite family and friends to come out and vote.



Poetry/Spoke Word Criteria


We are asking that:

  • Submissions are no more than 3 minutes
  • Submissions are uploaded on YouTube
  • Contestants send the YouTube link to Carlotta.Wade@pgparks.com
  • Submissions are tasteful since the link will be downloaded to our Xtreme Teens social media sites.
  • Contestants please go to the social media sites and share the link
  • Participants invite family and friends to come out and vote


The winners of the contest will be chosen during the “No Excuse for Dating Abuse: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Program”, on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

– Carlotta Wade