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News: Janel Bragg wins first prize in poster contest
September 19, 2004

Matt Wallis / Skagit Valley HeraldJust to remind you that there is more to posters than winning gold medals at biennials, or selling Alphonse Muchas for 50'000 $, not that there is anything wrong with that.

Janel Bragg lives on Guemes Island, a tiny island in the Pacific, about 80 km south of Vancouver (CA), and just won the first prize in the annual poster contest of the North Sound Mental Health Administration. The contest is organized to "generate awareness of mental health issues, and to combat the stigma attached to mental illness".

I have long noticed that designing a poster is a way to deal with all kinds of personal problems, and to voice them. For example to deal with fear and anger, from 9/11 to SARS to the war in Iraq to AIDS, racism, and so on. Winning a price or changing the world is not so important in that context, although of course my congratulations go to Janel Bragg and the other participants, and I hope they will keep making more posters.

The news comes from the Skagit Valley Herald, and Yahoo Alerts told me about it.

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