PWS Rare Aware Art Share

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We are excited to announce the launch of PWSA | USA’s brand new initiative – The Rare Aware Art Share! This virtual art show aims to spotlight the voices of individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome. We hope to learn more about each individual, their lives, and their experiences as someone with PWS. Our hope is that through this art show, our community and beyond can gain a deeper understanding of our loved ones with PWS, while offering them a space to be seen and heard. We plan to take this art show to the world outside of the PWS community, thus expanding the opportunities for support, education, advocacy, and appreciation for those living with PWS.

This art show will last for the entirety of 2024 and will be separated into three distinct themed sessions. Each session will have a specific date range for when we are accepting submissions. Submissions will be accepted in digital format only. Please scroll past the artwork submission form to find an FAQ section that explains the art share in more details.

Between February 1 - March 15, 2024, we are collecting artwork for Theme 1, PWS Awareness. Create your artwork using the prompt:

“What is your superpower? What are you capable of?”

People with Prader-Willi syndrome are capable of so many wonderful things. We want to know what you, the artist, are most proud of. What skill or talent do you have? Perhaps there are times when you feel that what you are capable of gets overshadowed by your diagnosis of PWS. We are offering you this space to share with us and the world what people need and should know about you and your talents. Think of something that you are good at, something that was difficult for you to learn but you learned it anyway, something that brings you joy or feelings of accomplishment. What can you do that makes you feel happy and proud? Once you have completed your art piece, please submit a digital image of your artwork using the form below.

PWS Rare Aware Art Share Submission Form

  • If you live outside the United States, please scroll to the end of this dropdown list and select "not applicable."
  • If you need more space for your answer, please type your answer in a word document and upload it to one of the "File Upload" buttons below.
  • Upload a digital version of your art piece(s) below.

    Please take a photo of your artwork, no matter what art medium you used, and upload the image to a "File Upload" button below. If you are submitting more than one art piece, use the additional "File Upload" buttons to add them. If you have any questions or trouble uploading, please reach out to us at communications@pwsausa.org.

PWS Rare Aware Art Share FAQs

Anyone diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome in any part of the world is welcome to submit. We will accept submissions from all ages and all skill levels.

Digital submissions only please. Create your art, take a photo, then submit the image to PWSA | USA’s website form (above). For text art, like poems or song lyrics, please submit a word document rather than a photo, unless they are handwritten.

To respond to the prompts, artists may decide to:
• Paint a picture
• Use crayons, markers, or pencils to draw and color a picture
• Create a sculpture out of clay or any molding materials
• Create a video
• Take a picture
• Knit, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch
• Make a collage (use pictures of you, or pictures you cut from a magazine)
• Make a mandala
• Write a short story or play script
• Write a poem
• Write a song and send us the lyrics

Artists may submit as many pieces as they are inspired to.

Theme 1: PWS Awareness
Theme 1 Prompt: “What is your superpower? What are you capable of?”
Theme 1 Submission Dates: Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Friday, March 15, 2024

Theme 2: International Art Show/Conference
Theme 2 Prompt: “What is something unique or special about where you live?”
Theme 2 Submission Dates: Monday, July 1, 2024 – Thursday, August 15, 2024

Theme 3: 50th Anniversary of PWSA | USA
Theme 3 Prompt: “What is a favorite birthday memory?”
Theme 3 Submission Dates: Tuesday, October 1, 2024 – Friday, November 15, 2024

We ask that artists submit for the specific theme only during that theme’s submission period. We will not accept artwork on a past theme once the submission period is over.

Submissions will be shared on our social media platforms, Pulse newsletter, and website. They will also be uploaded to a print-on-demand (POD) website (Print Your Cause) where people may choose to have the artwork printed onto a product (e.g. t-shirt or coffee mug). We will provide a link to utilize the Print on Demand site soon.

Some of these submissions will be displayed at the 2025 PWS Conference and in communities around the country. They will not be displayed with the intention of making a profit, but will be displayed freely as a tool to spread awareness, education, and appreciation for PWS. If possible, we ask that you hold on to your original artwork to have it be displayed in these various locations. We can also print them for you to have them be displayed.

We hope to share and display every submission that we receive. However, please note that submissions must be appropriate for an all ages audience. Submissions will be reviewed by PWSA | USA Staff and Board members and our discretion will be used to determine the eligibility of artwork for display.

Art submissions can be uploaded to PWSA | USA’s Rare Aware Art Share submission form (above).

If you have any trouble uploading your artwork to this form, please email your artwork to communications@pwsausa.org. We also ask that you fill out the few questions included on the submission form, as your answers will help explain your artwork, and in turn, spread awareness for Prader-Willi syndrome.

Do you work in a doctors office, group home, clinical trial location,
or another space where individuals with PWS gather?

Here’s how YOU can help!

Individuals with PWS spend a lot of time in waiting rooms, whether for therapies, doctor appointments, blood draws, x-rays, or clinical trials. If you work in a place where these individuals may be waiting, we wanted to share a simple tool with you to help spread the word about this art share and offer a positive activity for patients’ time spent in the waiting room. We also encourage group homes in our network to print and share this tool!

To keep it simple, we have created a worksheet that can be shared with your patients or residents living with PWS. The instructions are on the worksheet document, which can be downloaded at the button below. We are not asking you to collect these pages, simply to hand them to your families and/or individuals with PWS. We are, of course, grateful if you would be willing to provide crayons, however, pen and pencils drawings will be accepted.

These pieces will be gathered from individuals with PWS from around the world and displayed at various events including the 2025 PWS International Conference, along with our social media platforms. They will also be available on a Print on Demand website for those looking to put the art on coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc.

We are grateful for your support of our loved ones with PWS, and for helping spread the word about this exciting new project!

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