A Celebration of To Be Honest Art Contest Winners

Community members, local elected officials and To Be Honest staff got together on August 4th at the County Building in San Jose to celebrate the winners of the Spring 2022 art contest.

The celebration honored the top 9 winners of To Be Honest’s semi-annual art contest which addressed the theme “Imagining A Stigma-Free World”. Supervisor Susan Ellenberg was in attendance and spoke on the importance of mental health programs for young adults and providing creative ways for youth to express themselves. All contestants submitted a written piece with their art. Here’s what the top nine winners had to say:

“My piece, titled Healing with Time, represents the emergence of universal mental health support for society if mental illness stigma did not exist.” – Tiffany Yu – 4D, 3rd Place

Each of the winners digitally received art supplies or a new media gift card and were also gifted To Be Honest swag at this in-person event. Click here to view the winning pieces and to read more about what each winner had to say about their piece.

Cedric Anderson, Deputy Chief of Outpatient Programs at Momentum for Health emceed the event. Judges for the contest in attendance were Bev Catli Manzano (member of the Odd Fellows in Mountain View) and Carol Toppel (art docent at Cantor Arts Center).

Artists Jessica Kwandou (2D, 2nd Place) and Xinpei Lu (2D, 1st Place) shared more about their art pieces and how they were inspired by the art contest theme: Imagining A Stigma-Free World.

Submissions for the Fall ’22 art contest are now open. The theme is “A Walk In My Shoes.” If you’re interested in learning more or submitting a piece, please click here.

To Be Honest aims to reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health among youth, young adults and their families in Santa Clara County through education that ultimately normalizes mental illness and substance use issues.