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Coloring To Combat PTSD: A Coloring Book By Veterans, For Veterans

We have been chosen as a recipient of The Sprout Fund’s Grand Ideas Grant for our Coloring to Combat PTSD: A Coloring Book By Veterans For Veterans project. With a strong belief in the healing effects of coloring therapy, we are eager to provide a helpful way to benefit those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV. 15TH. 2017!

submissions@nocrayonleftbehind.org

Submissions can be anonymous and all levels of artistry are welcome!

You can submit your drawings through this google form or by emailing them to: submissions@nocrayonleftbehind.org.

What are the parameters for the drawing submissions?

  • Drawings should be in black and white.  The lines of the design should be thick enough to accommodate being colored in using crayons.
  • Size dimensions should be a standard page size 8.5″x11″
  • and sent either as .pdf or .jpg and less than 2 MB

How many drawings should I submit?

Each artist may submit a maximum of 3 drawings, though submitting less than 3 is completely fine.

What is an anonymous submission?

If you opt to keep your submission anonymous, (whether you do an online submission or at a workshop) and your drawing is chosen to be published, your name will not appear in connection to it.  However, our organization’s staff will need to have your name and contact information.

Do I have to live in Pittsburgh to participate?

Not at all!  Anyone can participate via our online submission form!  The workshops, however, will be held in the Pittsburgh area.

Do I have to have been in a certain branch of the military to participate?

Veterans from any branch of the military are welcome to participate.

Are there stipulations on what I can draw?

There are no exact stipulations — we want to provide a platform for veterans to freely express themselves. However, we do ask that the drawings are done in the spirit of promoting healing and feelings of empowerment in the veterans who will be using the coloring book to combat the symptoms of PTSD.  We want the artists to use their drawings as a way to reach out, connect with, and support their peers in a positive way.

While we understand that violent or explicit drawings may provide relief or catharsis for some artists who draw them, (and we fully support the power of art as a vehicle for just such a purpose), we are committed to excluding imagery with the potential to provoke feelings of anger, sadness or isolation. Additionally, drawings we perceive as derogatory or demeaning will not be chosen for publication.

Still have questions?  Please contact us at: submissions@nocrayonleftbehind.org and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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