Free Period Youth Art Contest


The Free. Period. Project Art contest is hosted by Youth Central with support from the City of Calgary and the Calgary Public Library.

Through the Free. Period. Project free pads and tampons are available in select City and Library facilities to improve access to period products. Not having access to period products can affect the participation, concentration, confidence, and performance of menstruating Calgarians in the classroom, in the workplace and in everyday life. 

As part of this project, we are making the dispensers more inviting, by asking youth ages 12-18 or still in high school, to design artwork to be wrapped onto the dispensers in City of Calgary and Calgary Public Library facilities. 


Between January 16 – March 6, 2023, utilize your art skills to create an art wrap for period product dispensers. 

Key Rules/Parameters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Contest is open to residents of Mohkinstsis/Calgary, ages 12-18 or still attending high school

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Contest is open for submissions from January 16 – March 6, 2023

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Only one entry per person

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Judging panel will choose three designs to be duplicated across dispensers in City of Calgary and Calgary Public Libraries for a minimum of two years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Each of the chosen winners will receive one $500 honorarium in addition to their designs being duplicated across product dispensers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Judging panel will consist of Mayor Gondek, one representative from the Calgary Public Library, one member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, one representative from Community Strategies, and one representative from Calgary Public Art.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • While all submitted art pieces will be considered, the art pieces will be digitally printed and adhered to the dispenser and therefore need to be designed as such.

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