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Winners of Utah High School Clean Air Poster Announced on Community Art Day

LOGAN — The winners of the 2019 Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest will be announced at Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Posters designed by this year’s 31 finalists will be displayed at the museum as part of Community Art Day, a free event inviting people of all ages to create their own artwork inspired by the theme of Utah air quality.

The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest was created in 2015 by two USU professors, Edwin Stafford of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and Roslynn Brain McCann of USU Extension. Posters designed by teens encourage Utahans to help keep air healthy by carpooling, limiting idling and trip-chaining (completing multiple errands at a time to limit unnecessary driving).

The poster contest is meant to bring Utahans’ attention to air quality issues by engaging youth who then engage their parents, a phenomenon Stafford and McCann call “The Inconvenient Youth Effect.”

In a survey about the 2018 poster contest, [https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/sus.2018.0019] 71 percent of parents reported that their teens discussed air pollution with them after participating in the poster contest. However, few parents found the conversations “inconvenient.”

“Contrary to our expectations, only a few parents reported that their children pestered them to force compliance,” Stafford said. “Rather, the vast majority of parents said that their teens’ influence came about with a simple, rational conversation about air pollution or request to take action and some parents reported even welcoming it.”

In addition to the more than 400 Utah teens who participated in 2018, this year’s contest has been expanded to include students from two new schools: Preston High School in Southern Idaho and Carbon High School in Price.

“We are excited to see the contest continue to expand to additional high schools to engage teens about how to help keep Utah’s air healthy,” Stafford said.

Refreshments will be served at the event. Everyone in attendance is invited to participate in an art activity. With the help of NEHMA’s education staff, participants will make their own design for a custom pin they can take home with them.

Visit artmuseum.usu.edu to stay updated on museum events.

For more information, contact Kat Taylor at NEHMA at kat.taylor or 435-797-0227.

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