TBH Art Contest

DEADLINE: June 11, 2021

Deadline: March 31, 2020

*Open to youth ages 14 to 25 in Santa Clara County*

If you've watched or listened to our "Stories of Hope," or participated in our previous art contest/viewed the entries, you'll know that art can play a huge role in a person's recovery journey or simply help them maintain their mental wellness. Art helps us understand how we're feeling and gives us a way to express ourselves when words don't cut it. Art, although subjective, can have a big impact on others as well; it allows us to connect with one another over shared feelings and gives us hope through interpretation. It's now your turn to share how you feel about mental health and mental illness.


We want you to create a 2D, 3D, 4D or Short Film piece of art that expresses
your thoughts/feelings/perceptions on the following phrase:

This is what self-care looks like.

Self-care is so important for every human being, especially when it comes to sustaining and maintaining your emotional and mental well-being. What do you think of when you hear the word "self-care?" You may imagine going for a run to clear your mind, taking a bath or shower to calm yourself down or writing in your journal. Self-care can be a number of different things and it looks different for each of us. Through this prompt, we want to know -- what does self-care look like for you and how does your self-care benefit your mental health?

How to enter:

1. Fill out our interest form by clicking HERE.


2. Using the prompt above, make a piece of 2D, 3D, 4D art or a short film:


  • 2D: Artwork made on a flat surface. May include drawings, paintings or murals, prints, canvas, or mixed media. 

  • 3D: Art that is three dimensional -- this includes ceramics, sculptures or installations, glass, metal, etc.

  • 4D: Art made with technology including videos, graphic design images, digital photography, etc.

  • Short Film: A film under 20 minutes that addresses the contest theme.

3. Once your masterpiece is complete, admire it in all its glory!

4. Take a high-quality photo of your artwork or edit/download your short film in a viewable format.

5. Submit a high resolution .jpg or .png photo of your artwork or send a link to your 4D/short film to tbh.today@gmail.com.

  • Artwork should be photographed against a blank background (if your medium requires a background). Please crop the image to be of just the artwork if anything else is in the background.

  • 4D pieces and short films can be uploaded to Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Drive -- only a link needs to be sent to the gmail.

  • Include the following information in your email:

    • Your full name​

    • Your age (must be between ages 14 and 25)

    • Your location (must be living in Santa Clara County at the time of entry)

    • Best method of contact

    • Your Instagram handle if you would like us to tag you when we post your art on Instagram

    • Your school (if applicable)

    • Which category (2D, 3D, 4D or Short Film) you are entering your piece into for the contest.

    • A short statement (1-3 sentences) about your piece and how you responded to the prompt with this piece of art.

Examples of the art that can be submitted:

2D Art Examples (Art made on a flat surface):



Block printing


Mixed media


Poetry (on paper)

3D Art Examples (Art that is three dimensional):




Glass, metal or papier-mâché figures

4D Art Examples (Art produced through technology):

Graphic design

Digital illustrations

Spoken Poetry via video or audio clip

Dance via video



Short Film Examples:

Music Video



A genre of your choice


Winners will be selected by an impartial panel of judges! Follow along on Instagram (@tobehonest.today) as we post submissions and reveal all of our submissions and then the final Top 9!


Pieces will be judged based on the following categories:

1. Originality: How well do the elements within the piece of art display the artist’s unique approach to the theme?

2. Creativity: How well do the elements (composition and design) within the piece of art display a sense of artistry?

3. Relevance to the theme: Based on the artist’s interpretation of the theme, as reflected in the sentences accompanying each piece, how well does the art piece reflect the theme?


Follow along on Instagram (@tobehonest.today) as we share your artwork and release the winners!


We are still working on prizes, but rest assured that we will have
some amazing prizes for our winners!

In addition to the prizes, the winners will see their artwork displayed on the To Be Honest website as well as promoted through our social media channels. Art may also appear on future To Be Honest swag including stickers, pins and posters!