Denver art contest aims to promote COVID-19 vaccines among young people

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DENVER – A local organization is getting creative when it comes to encouraging groups of young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Servicios de La Raza (Services for the People) is a local non-profit organization in Denver that provides a variety of bilingual human services to the community.

The organization’s youth leadership program is hosting an art contest aimed at motivating Latinx and Chicano youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s called the La Raza Youth Leadership Art Competition. The theme is “the importance of motivating Latinx/Chicano youth to get their COVID-19 vaccine.”

Artwork can be submitted online through the organization’s Facebook page and website.

Entrants must be from Aurora or Denver area schools.

“The art competition is for all BIPOC young people. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous and People of Color youth, they must be between the ages of 12 and 19,” said Alondra Gil-Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a member of the youth committee of the art competition. “A lot of people have lost family members, and I’ve lost friends who were my age to COVID,” she added.

According to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, Colorado’s Hispanic population has the lowest vaccination rate in the state.

Data from the website shows that only about 38% of the Hispanic population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Denver7 spoke with local student, Daniela Fernandez, who says she plans to submit an artwork.

“I love creating art. I’m in a lot of art classes and I like to put my own perspective on things,” Fernandez said. “My process is to take great famous leaders who are an integral part of Chicano leadership and find ways to incorporate that into more modern works of art.”

The deadline to submit artwork is February 14. The winner will be announced on February 19.

The winner will receive $1,000 and have their artwork displayed in all Denver and Aurora bus advertising spaces.

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