Paint the State, deadline nears

Time is fast running out for teens to register before the June 30 deadline for the biggest public art contest in Montana, Paint the State.

The contest is open to teens 13-18. Teens can enter individually or as the leader of a team.

To be eligible, each entry must be an original work of art, be displayed publicly, and have a strong anti-Meth message.

This may include the “Meth: Not Even Once” logo, tagline.

The prize money is big! First, second and third place winners will be selected in each county as well as one statewide winner.

Winners will be announced in Helena on Aug. 20. Prizes include $5,000 for the statewide winner and 56 county prizes of $1,500 for first, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third place.

Registration rules and ideas for the contest are online at .

After registering, contestants must design and create their public art piece so that it can be displayed from July 19 through July 23 for judging.

Final submissions, including photos of completed artwork, a written description and location details, must be uploaded by July 18.

As of June 18 there were no registrations for Paint the State from Pondera County.