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To Be Honest is a program of Momentum for Health.


  • The contest is open to all young adults aged 14 to 25 who currently live in Santa Clara County.

  • All art submitted to the contest must be original and created with the sole intent to submit to this contest.

  • Only one piece of artwork per artist will be accepted.

  • Art will be separated into four categories: 2D, 3D, 4D art and Short films. All art forms are accepted.

  • Each category will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Winners will receive a $300, $200 or $100 art supply or new media (photo/video/digital art) gift card.

  • Pieces are judged by a panel of 8 passionate community members on originality (8 points),
    creativity (12 points) and how the piece was inspired by the theme (20 points).

  • The theme, "Connecting to my inner child" should be the inspiration for each piece. As young children, we instantly start picking up messages about who we are, what we believe and how the world works around us. These messages, both positive and negative, impact who we are today, how we connect with others and how we move through each day. For this art contest, we'd like you to connect to your inner child - What are they saying? How are they feeling? What positive memories do they hold? What wounds still need to be tended to? Take a moment to talk to your inner child - what are you saying to them? We hope this theme gives you the chance to heal and empowers you to move forward in your life with a clear understanding of how your inner child impacts you today. 


We asked each member of our judges panel to tell us a bit about their own inner child.

Cynthia Cao

Cynthia Cao Artist "One of my favorite ways to connect with my inner child is by having fun playing outside. By immersing myself in nature, I can take time to explore new surroundings. I can engage in activities like observing plants and wildlife, wading in a creek, listening to birds, and collecting rocks—these simple pleasures bring joy and a sense of being fully present in the moment."

Anh Le

Anh Le she/her/hers Sales Manager for AVMS "My inner child is reflected from telling stories. I love listening to stories from around the world, and I connect with people through penpalling. The sense of freely sharing stories and exploring new cultures with a different set of eyes is what makes me feel like a kid again."

Suodaba Adel

Suodaba Adel she/her SJSU Student, Public Health Major, Artist "I express my inner child by engaging in creative pursuits. I am naturally inclined towards exploration and adventure, allowing my artistic curiosities to guide me through life."

Jacqueline Marquez

Jacqueline Marquez she/her Passions: Drawing, painting, arts and crafts, & mental health. "I would give my inner child a message that their world didn’t end yet; that there’s still hope and to keep going no matter how tight it looks at the moment. It’s not their fault and I know they don’t deserve anything they're going through but I promise, it does get better."

Jessica Sobrepena

Jessica Sobrepeña she/her Small Business Owner & Digital Artist "I’ve always found comfort and therapy in art and creating all things related to art. As a kid I always found myself drawing and doodling to create my own fairy tale stories. With that creative drive still in mind, I launched my small art business in 2020 which consists of digital artwork turned into stickers and various stationary products. Being able to run the business reconnected myself to my inner child."

Alicia Hulten

Alicia Hulten she/her Youth Services Librarian & Sewist/Crafter "I learned to hand-sew at 7-years-old, making Barbie tube dresses out of old socks. I enjoy sewing as a hobby and as a form of therapy. It makes me happy.🙂"

Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder she/her Executive Director, New Museum Los Gatos "To honor my inner child, I make a conscious effort to celebrate my achievements & relish in the creative work I engage in. As we navigate the challenges of adulthood, the persistent demand for productivity and success can overshadow the importance of enjoying our victories no matter how small or large. I would remind my younger self to enjoy the journey; there is no finish line & life is brimming with moments worth appreciating."

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The To Be Honest Art Contest accepts ALL forms of art. Here are a few examples of the types of art you can create by category:

  • 2D Art: drawings, paintings, watercolor, mixed media, and poetry

  • 3D Art: ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, woodcarving, and papier-mâché 

  • 4D Art: graphic design, photography, music, and animation

  • Short Films: any genre, one to 10 minutes in length


The Top 3 pieces in each category will receive gift cards that will encourage artists to continue their crafts:

  • 2D & 3D Winners will receive BLICK Art Materials Gift Cards ($300, $200 and $100 respectively)

  • 4D & Short Film Winners will receive B&H Photo & Video Gift Cards ($300, $200 and $100 respectively)


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