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See It! Stop It! A Campaign for a Safer Pagosa sponsors art contest

Symbols have power. They evoke unity, purpose and identity.

Consider a family coat of arms, the flag of our nation, and the cross of Christianity. More than mere “product branding”, at their best these symbols represent a purpose, an intention that seeks to empower individuals and communities.

The See It! Stop It! (SISI) Parent Leadership Project is looking for a powerful symbol that represents our vision “to end violence in our lives and our communities.”

And because we desire to have a broad impact in Pagosa Country with your non-violent message, we are asking you to join us by submitting your artistic ideas for our “symbol.”

This art contest, part of the “I’m Here for You” community campaign will run through the entire month of October, with a deadline for submissions of Thursday Nov. 4.

All art will be on exhibit at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center on Saturday Nov. 13, from noon until 4 p.m. Come down to see the art and creativity of our neighbors while helping us judge the winners in each of five age groups.

Age groups are under 6 years, 6 to 10, 11 to 14, 14-18 and 19 and up.

Entrants in the younger age groups will each receive an award for participating, and each category will be judged by their peers to determine the best in each group.

All art mediums are welcome, so let your creativity loose and help us make a better Pagosa for ourselves and our children.

As part of the art exhibition, we will collect canned and non-perishable food items for distribution to our local food banks. Bring a can to share!

Contest entry forms are a available at the Department of Human Services, the Ruby Sisson Library, the Ross Aragon Community Center and at any public school. For contest and event details, visit

Look for our upcoming articles in the next two issues of the PREVIEW.  Contest entry forms are available at the Department of Human Services, the Ruby Sisson Library, the Community Center and any public school.  Visit us on the web at for contest details and upcoming events.

 “See It. Stop It. Pagosa Springs Parent Leadership Project is co-sponsored by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Southwest Colorado (VPC) and the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP). We are parent leaders working to end violence in our lives and our community”.

For more information on SISI, contact