In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, the Parker County Attorney’s Office, led by Victim’s Assistance Coordinator Lisa Mehrhoff, is holding its 7th Annual School Art Contest.

This year’s theme, “United We Stand,” is a call to all Parker County residents to take on the challenge of making victims’ rights a concern for everyone. 

“One of the best ways to spread this message is through our children,” Mehrhoff said. “Please encourage any school age student residing in Parker County to participate in this event. We will, as in years past, be awarding prizes, cash and scholarships for winning entries.”

All content appropriate media forms will be accepted. Entries must be delivered to County Court at Law No. 1 at the Parker County Annex, 1112 Santa Fe Drive in Weatherford, by Friday, April 17. All appropriate entries will be displayed at the annex during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception on Friday, April 24, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the annex.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Elementary mixed media, Junior/Senior Sculpture, Mixed Media and Photography.

“The most important thing we do in the criminal justice system is to make the safety of our community a constant priority,” Parker County Attorney John Forrest said. “For seven years this office has been striving to increase community awareness and response to crime by setting aside National Crime Victims’ Rights Week as a time to unite and begin the process of repairing the harm crime has caused to victims as well as to our community.”

Mehrhoff said getting community “buy in” is key to helping victims and reducing crime in general.

“Simply stated, crime is harmful,” she said. “It is harmful to everyone and some experience wrongdoing more than others, but the best way we can understand and reduce the crime experience is to become active stakeholders in our community and make the decision to get involved and stand together against crime.”

Guidelines and requirements of art contest entries:

A. Originality - All artwork must be the student’s original composition. No copies, by hand or mechanical device, of any previously published piece of art. No copyright protected artwork will be allowed. Any artwork found to be “strikingly similar” to any previously published or copyrighted item will be disqualified.

1. Artwork must be started after the beginning of the current school year and completed prior to the April judging date. 

2. Only one entry per student. 

3. No more than one student may work on a single entry. 

4. Each entry shall have attached an index card bearing the following information: student’s name, school, title of artwork, student’s signature, age, medium and teacher’s signature, 

5. Certification of art is required.

• Student’s signature verifies that the artwork is the named student’s original artwork.

• Teacher’s signature verifies that the artwork is the named student’s original artwork.

• The Parker County Attorney’s Office is not responsible for loss, theft or damage of artwork. Damaged artwork will not be repaired. 

B. Acceptable subjects – Entries will be judged on originality and creativity in relation to the theme “United We Stand.” Any artwork supportive of law enforcement, the justice system or victims of crime is acceptable. 

C. Unacceptable subjects/methods – Entries will not be considered if judged to have inappropriate content, including, but not limited to suggestive content or content which glorifies violence.

D. Acceptable media - Examples of acceptable media include the following: 

• Construction paper 

• Pastels 

• Acrylic paint 

• Ink 

• Chalk 

• Watercolor 

• Magic markers 

• Cloth 

• Charcoal or Pencil

• Oil 

• Pen 

• Air brush 

• Scratchboard 

• Flash Mob 

• Crayon 

• Dye 

• Conte 

• Photography

• Clay

• Papier-mâché

• Plaster 

G. Required dimensions- With the exception of sculpture, artwork shall be no smaller than 8 ½” x 11” and no larger than 18” x 24”. 

H. Display requirements – With the exception of sculpture, all artwork must be matted or mounted with a sturdy material to enable the artwork to be displayed without damage.  


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