Paint the State is all about your creativity. Here are some examples of what's possible, or come up with your own unique ideas:
- A painting or drawing on the side of a barn, a grain elevator, or a storefront window.
- A graphic in colored chalk on a sidewalk or side of a building.
- A wood or metal sculpture visible from the roadway.
- A painted vehicle or bus.
- A landscape or image created with plants or agricultural equipment, clearly visible from an airplane.
- A mural or a canvas hung on the side of a building.
View examples of artwork that was created during the 2006 Montana Paint the State contest at www.paintthestate2006.org.
- Network - Ask for help from a community group. Think Boys and Girls Club, camps, your church, local arts council, neighbors, or your school or community clubs.
- Start early - Don't let another individual or team in your county get to an important supporter first. Talk to a local business owner or manager about the contest and share your ideas. They may be able to assist you with finding a location and/or supplies.
- Get supplies - Home improvement stores often have returned paint they cannot sell. Inquire about utilizing this extra paint or other surplus materials for your project.
- Ask first - Be sure the property owner is OK with you using his or her building, field, or other property. Get your community involved to help in the fight against Meth, but be sure to get permission.
- Get organized - Put your ideas down on paper. Add drawings, sketches, and a list of materials you'll need.
- Stay on track - Make a schedule of what needs to be done by when. Remember, entries will not be accepted after 11:59 pm MDT on July 11. We will be disabling the submission area of our website at the stroke of midnight!
Once you are registered for Paint the State, you will need to submit a photo, description, and the location of your artwork online by Sunday, July 11, 2010, 11:59 pm MDT.