To the applicants: To enter the competition, your challenge is to choose any two of the four tasks listed below and write or record your responses.
1. Design a mathematically-based or scientifically-based puzzle or game.
2. Write* a short story with at least three characters. The story must cover a time span of more than one day and it must come to a definite conclusion. The story must evoke any particular emotion of your choice. This story must be no longer than 1000 words.
3. Create a visual artwork in any media you like – drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, mosaic (any material).
4. Approach this fourth task as though you are an architect and design a unique living environment or an individual structure, intended for either some specific person (it could be yourself, or not), some particular group (such as deaf children, lovers of the desert or forests, or maybe apartment dwellers – just to name just a few), or you could intend your design for a non-human subject or group (such as a real animal or a fantasy creature or group of creatures).
Kinder Realm hosts kids' contest with an impressive prize
PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute launches its first juried photo contest. The theme for the competition, “NATURE!” challenges photographers of all skill levels to think about the dynamic between humans and the environment. Ranging from passion to rage to thrill to despair, our relationship with the environment is complicated by natural disasters such as wildfire and flooding. Categories include:
Reaction: images of the force of nature, including fires, floods, or other damage.
Rebirth: images that highlight the efforts to overcome devastating natural events.
Rejoice: images that showcase the beauty of our natural areas and the wonderful outdoors we enjoy.
Recreate: images that capture humans enjoying nature.
Youth: images encompassing the theme of the contest, taken by those 17 and younger
RMFI is looking for powerful images that capture the multi-faceted relationship between people and the natural environment. 2 images from each category will be selected as finalists. These images will be exhibited throughout November (including our annual Fall ShinDIG at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Nov. 7th), culminating in a final exhibit on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO). A grand prize winner will be chosen by public vote and announced at the final exhibit. The final exhibit is an Indy Give! event hosted in partnership with the BAC, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, Medicine Wheel and Concrete Couch.
HOW TO ENTER: Entry fee is $10/jpeg. 3 jpegs for $25. Thereafter, $7.50 for any additional images. Please submit entries to email@example.com. Please pay entry fee online at rmfi.org/donate or mail/deliver payment to RMFI: 815 S. 25th St, Ste 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Deadline for submission is October 25, 2013.
Top entries will be decided by a panel of professional photographers and artisans. Chosen entries will need to be printed, mounted and framed by photographer to be displayed throughout November (name and contact information may be included). Prizes include much laud and fanfare from RMFI, your name in lights and in our e-news, and the prestige of having won.
For more information or questions please contact 719-471-7736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's a Waldo Canyon Fire-themed cover, a One Direction-themed cover, another blanketed in sequins, even one modified into a diorama, complete with hand-sewn clothes. One individual played up the "gothic" in our image of choice: "American Gothic."
These are some of the 30 entries we've received so far for our Fall Arts Preview coloring contest, in which we asked readers to show us their take on the oh-so-iconic "Gothic" by Grant Wood. The painting is one of the most parodied pieces of artwork around, up there with David and the Mona Lisa. But really, the work has invited personal experience and modification since its debut in 1930. As it happened, Wood caught a lot of hell about the painting from Iowans (who though he made them look like sour "puritanical Bible-thumpers") and it's also been written that Wood saw the painting as a satire of American life, not the effigy of all things red, white and blue as it's often known for today. Really, for all its fame, and all its straightforward-ness, "Gothic" is still quite successful in bringing out something different in everyone.
Which is why you should enter the contest if you still haven't. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Sept. 30 by 5 p.m. (Click here for rules, drop-off information and more.)
The contest is open to all ages; to date, the youngest entry hails from a 3-year-old named Haven, the oldest from a 90-year-old named Arveen. Should either of these two win their age categories, Haven will be rewarded with kid-themed goodies, including Batman Live tickets, while Arveen will be able to drink and carouse with the beautiful people at our Best Of party in December. All the winners' works will be published in the first Best Of issue Oct. 17 and will be posted online.
Take a look at this video for examples of entries, as well as a contest pitch from the ever-camera-ready Jack Ward:
The Independent is breaking up with Thursday and moving to Wednesday. Now you will have 24 more hours to plan your playtime and see our latest news and columns, starting Wednesday, April 11.
Breaking up is hard to do and we don't want to do it alone. So, share your best Break Up story in the "Independent Break Up" Sweepstakes! With a $100 Restaurant Gift Certificate up for grabs, we invite you to submit your Break Up story to this blog announcement by 5:55 p.m., Monday, April. 9. Or you can mail your story to our office, or just drop it by the building at 235 S. Nevada Ave. Limit of 100 words or fewer, explaining why your Break Up story is the best. Or you can e-mail it to email@example.com.
On Wednesday, April 11, we'll announce the winning story in our first Wednesday issue.
The winner will receive $100 to a local restaurant so you can take your new partner out on the town or have a great location for your next Break Up!
Individuals are welcome to submit their Break Up story, but only locals in the Pikes Peak region (to include El Paso and Teller counties) are eligible. The Independent retains the right to use any submitted story in Independent-related forums including, but not limited to, print, social media, csindy.com and m.csindy.com. The creator retains all remaining rights.
Again, deadline is 5:55 p.m., Monday, April. 9. Please send further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Considering the fact that Colorado has seen drastic cuts to both higher ed and K-12 education, and considering that the state's K-12 system has long been one of the most poorly funded in the nation, a chance for kids to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school may generate some excitement.
Add that to the fact that your kid could get his or her 15 minutes of fame through this little contest, and well, it's almost irresistible. I speak of the Doodle 4 Google contest.
You know how on holidays, Google decorates the icon on its homepage? Well, basically, your kid's drawing could decorate that icon on a regular day if he/she wins this thing. Think of it as an essay contest with pictures. The theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit ...”
Unfortunately, it's not open to the young at heart — only kids in grades 5-12. Sadly, this means all my years of developing my talent, doodling through boring meetings, is a total waste. Sigh. But your little one still has a chance, so read on:
Doodle 4 Google: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”
Starting today, we’d like to invite K-12 students in the U.S. to participate in our fifth annual U.S. Doogle 4 Google contest. Draw your rendition of the Google logo and you may see it on the ultimate gallery: the Google homepage. The winning doodler will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.
The theme for this year’s contest is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”. That could mean visiting a past, present or future setting—whether it’s traveling back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the future to witness everyday space travel, or to just a few moments ago to relive a poignant experience.
Building on last year’s record-breaking participation (107,000 entries!), we’ve made a few enhancements to the 2012 contest. First, we’re opening Doodle 4 Google up to an even wider audience—with a winner from every state. There will be five finalists and one winner per state, so everyone will have a local doodle champion to cheer on. >From these 50 State Winners, we’ll find 5 National Finalists and the lucky National Winner.
We’re also partnering with Crayola this year and the winning doodler’s artwork will appear on a special edition of the 64-crayon box—a first!
Participating is easier than ever, since we’ve eliminated the registration step. All you need to do is submit your child’s or student’s artwork by March 20 with a signed and completed entry form.
Contest judging starts with Google employees and a panel of guest judges—including multi-platinum singer Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator and executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and recording artist Jordin Sparks, as well as other great illustrators and artists—who will help us pick the state finalists and winners. Then, on May 2, we’ll put the 50 state winners up for public vote. All 50 State Winners will be flown to New York City for the national awards ceremony on May 17, with the winning doodle appearing on May 18.
The doodles by the 50 State Winners will be displayed at The New York Public Library's historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street in an exhibition open to the public over the summer. We’ll also be partnering with museums across the country to display the artwork of the state finalists in areas near their homes.
For more details, check out google.com/doodle4google, where you’ll find full contest rules and entry forms. Happy doodling and good luck!
A couple hours earlier, the Indy entered the last leg of its foray into the branding business by doling out prizes in its WeBrand competition.
On Friday morning, Robert Crum and Jeff Gonyea, creators of the “Live adventure” brand that earned the most votes in our readers’ poll, stopped by the office to pick up their winnings. They received $555 for their slogan and logo design, and $200 for the slogan alone. They also received additional prizes compliments of West Side Tattoo, including a trip to Las Vegas and a tattoo gift certificate.
Even more exciting: They got to do the classic check-acceptance photo with our executive editor, Ralph Routon.
Crum and Gonyea have also submitted their winning design to Experience Colorado Springs via its official RFP, and we wish them luck in that competition.
As for WeBrand, all that’s left to do is to randomly choose the winner of the prize pack among all competition voters. To find out who takes the CC hockey tickets and gift certificates to the Stagecoach Inn and Tony’s Downtown Bar, pick up Thursday’s paper.
OK, here's the deal:
So let's give the city other options. Your options.
Call it the "WeBrand the Springs" contest. With $1,100 up for grabs, we invite you to submit your best Colorado Springs logo-and-slogan pairing, and/or your best Colorado Springs promotional video (limited to 90 seconds), to WEBRAND@csindy.com by 5:55 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. Or you can mail your work to our office, or just drop it by the building at 235 S. Nevada Ave. We also ask for an artist bio (25 words or fewer) and an artist statement (of 100 words or fewer), explaining why your work projects the most fitting image of the Springs.
We will select anywhere from five to 10 finalists in both categories. On Thursday, Dec. 22, in print and at csindy.com, we'll present the logo-and-slogan finalists. We'll also present the video finalists at csindy.com.
From there, selecting a winner will be up to you. You'll get to vote for your fave at csindy.com, in a poll active from Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The highest vote-getter in the logo-and-slogan category, and the highest vote-getter in the video category, will be declared winners in our Dec. 29 issue. And we'll invite the winners to come along when we present their work to Experience Colorado Springs, the convention and visitors bureau, later that day.
Each winner will receive $550. That totals $1,100 — 1 percent of what it cost us to get "Live it up!"
Bust it out, people ... let's show what happens when the inspiration comes from within!
Individuals or groups are welcome to submit as many ideas, as often, as desired. But only locals in the Pikes Peak region (to include El Paso and Teller counties) are eligible.
All submissions become the property of the Independent. The Independent retains the right to use any submitted logo in Independent-related forums including, but not limited to, print, csindy.com and m.csindy.com. The creator retains all remaining rights.
Again, deadline is 5:55 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. Please send further questions to WEBRAND@csindy.com.
I like gypsy jazz, you like gypsy jazz, we all like gypsy jazz — it's just a question of tickets. Well guess who's got two tickets to next week's concert at First Congregational Church and is giving them away? This guy!
So if you're free at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, comment by 5 tonight with your real name and the name of the world-famous musician who jazz pioneer whom Jean "Django" Reinhardt supposedly called "my brother." We'll randomly draw a winner from among the correct answers, and leave their name on this blog.
Good luck, swing kids.
The “if” clouding the probability of the wildly successful “What If Festival” returning for another round has been removed and it's been announced that the festival will return on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The “What If Festival,” which drew 15,000 people in its inaugural year, will again feature Colorado Springs’ “tech-enthusiasts, art-makers, garage inventors, do-it-yourselfers, performers, musicians, scientists, mathematicians, culinary magicians, robot builders, urban farmers, student creators, innovators, [and] engineers” in a smorgasbord of imagination that Ingmar Bergman could not deny.
For “virgin” innovators, the challenge is to create an “experience” for viewers that will hook them into your whale of an idea. Propositions are due by July 15 and applications can be filled out here.
Proposals must have both creativity, which the website defines as “our inherent, but sometimes un-fostered ability to create something that is, in some way, new rather than limited,” and innovation, “[the] creation of something that is both imaginative/creative and usable.”
For more information about the festival, check out its website here.
You may recall we told you Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt opens tomorrow at 7335 N. Academy Blvd.:
According to owner Wes Becker, who also runs two Denver Pinkberry shops with business partner Scott Adams, nearly 1,000 people showed up for his May 2010 grand opening on Colorado Boulevard. The product's popularity continues to expand internationally, now under the fold of Maveron, whose co-founder is Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. ...
He adds that Pinkberry distinguishes itself with yogurt made fresh in the store daily, and with fresh-cut fruits. See the nutrition page on the corporate website for a full ingredient list by flavor: Sugar content is high, but calories are relatively low.
Now you have the chance to win a $20 gift card and sample an early adopter of the insane yogurt craze. Leave your best yogurt-related haiku — signed with your real name — as a comment on this blog, before 4:30 p.m. today, and the best contribution, as voted by our editorial staff, will win.