Are you Really Winning? A Public Art Competition for Gambling Awareness

Double Tree Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein

Entry Deadline: Apr. 12

510 IL-83
Mundelein, IL 60060

To bring attention to a statewide educational campaign addressing problem gambling, Illinois-based artists ages 21 and over are called to shine a light on the journey from darkness to hope for individuals challenged with gambling addiction. Problem gambling can affect anyone; about 400,000 people in the State of Illinois, from teens to adults, struggle with gambling with another one million people at risk. Admitting a gambling problem is the first step toward recovery and education about the signs of addiction is crucial to get help.

Co-presented by Way Back Inn and a5 Branding + Digital in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Are you Really Winning? is a public service campaign that aims to help people with gambling issues and provides ways to prevent losing it all to gambling. The call to action drives people to and to the help line at 1.800.GAMBLER. The integrated campaign includes digital, advertising TV, radio, social media, and sponsor partners that include the Chicago Fire and Chicago Wolves sports teams and colleges across Illinois.

Are you Really Winning? invites artists to participate in this statewide campaign through the submission of artwork that will bring a powerful voice to problem gambling issues and motivate those afflicted with gambling addiction to seek help. Entries will be reviewed by a jury panel and three selected works will be publicly unveiled (via digital and/or print representation) at the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Conference in May, and featured on the Are you Really Winning website and social media channels. As determined by the jury, a stipend of $2,500, $1,500, or $500 will be awarded to three selected artists, who are invited to attend the public unveiling and media event at the conference, which will be held on May 15-18 at the Double Tree Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein.

Importantly, the selected works will provide a platform for building a public art program that supports education about gambling addiction and recovery.

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