Art & Children’s Social Emotional Skills

27 01 2016

High School_3rd Place

Did you know that artistic expression can have a positive effect on children’s social emotional development and regulation? Check out this report from The National Endowment for the Arts to learn more, and click here for details about the My Feelings Matter youth poster contest to encourage children’s social emotional health.

Children’s Mental Health in the News

18 01 2016
6-8 Entry 2

6th-8th Grade 3rd Place

Gannett Wisconsin Media is hosting some eye-opening, multi-month long coverage on the topic of children’s mental health. This coverage is intended to raise awareness of this important issue, and will culminate in an event in Madison just before the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Coalition event, on May 5, 2016. Stay tuned to the link above for continuing coverage, and come to a town meeting to discuss children’s mental health issues locally.

Youth from preschool to high school, don’t forget to enter our 2016 youth poster contest on the topic of My Feelings Matter. You will notice past contest winners’ artwork featured in several of the above articles. Art is a great way for children and young adults to express their emotions and to start appropriate discussions surrounding the topic of mental health. Access our contest entry forms here.

The 2016 My Feelings Matter Youth Poster Contest is Here!

15 01 2016

Get Ready for the 2016 My Feelings Matter Youth Poster Contest

The 2016 My Feelings Matter poster contest has begun! Access our contest entry forms and learn more about this great opportunity! Meanwhile, SAVE THE DATE for our May 5, 2016 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event in Madison. Join us in celebrating our youth art contest winners and promoting children’s mental health awareness with performances by area youth. Stay tuned for updates as the contest draws closer!

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration Recap!

14 05 2015

On Thursday, May 7, the Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition hosted our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event. Winning artwork from our youth poster contest on the theme of “My Feelings Matter” was on display for winners, their families, and the community to admire. Local youth performers provided some fantastic entertainment, while Elizabeth Hudson, Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health, presented the Governor’s proclamation declaring it Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Wisconsin. It was a wonderful event with a great turnout, that started some important discussions surrounding children’s mental health supports. We invite you to take a look at some of the photos and video from the event below, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

Video of Proclamation Presentation:

Poster Winners:

Chavez Elementary School Marimba Club:

Lincoln Elementary School Choir Performance:

Madison Country Day School Dance Club:

Presentation of the Proclamation and Poster Awards:

THANK YOU to all of the children and families who participated in this event, and in our “My Feelings Matter” poster contest. Children’s mental health is a critical topic in our community, and together we can ensure that children have the supports and resources they need to cope with their emotions in a safe and healthy way. Don’t forget to check out our Children’s Mental Health Matters Toolkit, and stay tuned for next year’s contest and event!

A special thanks to our event sponsors:

Barnes and Noble–Madison East
Ian’s Pizza
Mental Health America of Wisconsin
Overture Center for the Arts
Project LAUNCH

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Celebration is May 7!

3 05 2015

Come one, come all to the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Celebration, Thursday, May 7, 1 to 2 PM at the Overture Center for the Arts, Rotunda Stage in Madison, Wisconsin. Walk through an exhibit of winning artwork from our “My Feelings Matter” poster contest, appreciate local youth performances, and hear more about how you can support children’s mental health. Click on our press release and the event schedule below, to learn more. Hope to see you there!

Press Release:

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Event Schedule:

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Announcing the 2015 Contest Winners!

19 04 2015

THANK YOU to all who took the time to vote on the talented entries we received for this year’s contest, and THANK YOU to all of our amazing participants. The competition was extremely close this year, and even if you didn’t win this time around, we strongly encourage you to enter in years to come. Below are the first, second, and third place winners selected by YOU, the voters, in each age category. Winners and interested community members are invited to a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event celebrating the winning artists, on May 7, from 1 PM to 2 PM at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Winning art will be displayed, local youth will provide dance and music performances, and a proclamation recognizing Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day will be presented.

(*Contest Winners: You should have already been contacted regarding your placement in the contest. If you were not reached directly and have further questions, please write to us via the blog to let us know, so that we can contact you with any further information you might need. Rest assured that you will not be disqualified if you do not get back to us right away. The winners we have chosen will not change).

Without further ado, here are our 2015 “My Feelings Matter” poster contest winners! Congratulations to all!


First Place: Reese Moravits

Pre-K_1st Place

Second Place: Samuel Raymond

Pre-K_2nd Place

Third Place: Ellie Burnet

Pre-K_3rd Place


First Place: Cana Raymond

K-2_1st Place

Second Place: Ayda Klein

K-2_2nd Place

Third Place: Damian Guzman

K-2_3rd Place

3- 5th Grade

First Place: Emma Meydam

3-5_1st Place

Second Place: Alison Haag

3-5_2nd Place

Third Place: Leela Schuch

3-5_3rd Place

6-8th Grade

First Place: Anja Raymond

6-8_1st Place

Second Place: Trinity Raymond

6-8_2nd Place

Third Place: Zoe Botes

6-8_3rd Place

High School

First Place: Karly Kolehouse
High School_1st Place

Second Place: Antonia Beranek
High School_2nd Place

Third Place: Alyssa Krause

High School_3rd Place

Thanks again to the Wisconsin youth who submitted a poster for sharing your artistic talents and thoughtful insight into why “My Feelings Matter.” We hope that all who entered the contest used the opportunity to discuss or explore their emotions and how to deal with them in a safe and productive way. As a reminder we offer our FREE Wisconsin Knows Children’s Mental Health Matters Toolkit to help guide discussions about emotions and dealing with them in a healthy manner. If you did enter the contest this year, whether you placed or not, we would love to hear about how you used this activity as a platform to delve into your emotional health, or that of your child/student. Please make sure if you share anything of a personal nature about a student, or a child that you are not the legal guardian to, that you maintain their anonymity. Meanwhile, stay tuned for details from the May 7 Children’s Mental Health Awareness event. We are already looking forward to next year’s entries!

2015 Youth Poster Contest Voting is NOW CLOSED– Stay tuned for the winners!

27 03 2015

poster voting

**UPDATE: Voting is now closed. Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful engagement in this contest! We will be contacting our winners by April 15, and will announce winning posters on our blog shortly after. Stay tuned!
We are so excited to present this year’s poster finalists for your vote! We were lucky enough to get over 450 poster entries this year from across the state– WOW! That is more than 3 times the amount we received last year. Thank you participants, for all of your fantastic, thoughtful, creative entries. Choosing our finalists has never been harder, and even if your poster was not chosen as a finalist know that our committee was incredibly touched and awed by the level of artistry and heart behind every entry. We hope that you enjoyed creating your posters as much as we enjoyed seeing them. Please submit again next year!

*NOTE: Please click on the poster images to see a larger image.

Thank you for voting! First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in each age category based off of your votes. Winners will be notified by April 17, and will be announced on this blog soon after. Winners, their families, and the community are invited to celebrate these young artists at our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Event on May 7, at 1 PM, at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. More details on this event to come!

Here are a few photos from our poster judging group– thanks to all who helped us make some tough decisions!

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