The iaedp™ Foundation Announces First Call for World Renowned Annual Art Competition

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The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp.com) proudly announces the first call for entries for its annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Art Competition, created in 2010 to promote healthy awareness and acceptance of body images.

The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Foundation (iaedp.com) proudly announces the first call for entries for its annual “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Art Competition, created in 2010 to promote healthy awareness and acceptance of body images.

This is the first call for entries, accepted from July 15 through December 15, 2019. Judging is based on clarity of theme, creativity and originality, quality of composition/design/choreography/performance and the overall impression and presentation. All forms of media are accepted, including all forms of visual, three dimensional, mixed media art as well as poetry, spoken word and dance/performance art.

The multimedia art contest is open to everyone; however, iaedp™ is expressly asking treatment centers and private practices who have art therapists or who use art to work with clients to submit entries created by them. All media forms are welcome, including visual, three-dimensional, mixed media art, poetry/spoken word and dance.

Entries must include a 300-word description/inspiration along with a two to three sentence biography of the artist or group. A list of materials/content must be provided along with a submission of four photos of the art form in high (300+) resolution jpeg format that shows at least four different angles. Photos will be enlarged, so quality is important. Poetry and/or spoken word should be submitted in writing and/or one to two minute You Tube video link. Dance/performance must be submitted in one to two minute You Tube video link. All entries require signing an artist release.

“We fully understand the power and passion of using art as an expressive bridge to address difficult topics,” said Blanche A. Williams, MS, Director of International Development. “Over the years, we have created an Imagine Me Beyond What You See Community Art Archive that provides a glimpse into the psyche and beauty of clients, artists, and survivors pushing through and healing.”

In 2011, iaedp™ created the “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Travel Exhibition, as part of iaedp™’s Body Image Awareness Project and an effort to educate through art and conversation.
“The following year, we also created an “Imagine Me Beyond What You See” Short Film which narrates the stories behind the 2012 mannequin entries and artists,” said Williams. “This film was designed for middle to high school and college counselors as well as youth organizations. There are questions at the end to assist in open-ended dialogue and eating disorders education. Our goal is to listen and lead within the field of eating disorders and the communities we serve.”

For more information about the art contest, contact Blanche(at)iaedp.com and visit MemberIMAGINEME.
About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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