Director’s Creativity Showcase 2019



The annual Directors Creativity Showcase is sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  This annual event displays the artistic talents of people served by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and serves as an inspiration to all who participate and all who experience these creations!



Director’s Creativity Showcase

Timeline of Activities



Director’s Showcase Activity

Early October

Announcement of the annual art contest, including the guidelines, entry form, release form and other pertinent information is distributed.

E-mail notifications from the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and DMH Central Office to DMH facilities and partner organizations.  MMHF will also share this announcement on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

January 25th

Deadline for the submission of the artwork and formsNOTE:  Periodic reminders are distributed between October and January via e-mail and social media posts.


Artwork submissions are judged by community volunteers.  The artwork is judged the first part of March, while on display at the Missouri Department of Mental Health – Central Office in Jefferson City for a 2-day period.  At this time, the artwork is also available for purchase (after judging is completed).


Certificate and cash award sent to the award winners


Participation Certificates are sent to all artists


Artwork on Display & For Sale, if applicable — at the annual Mental Health Champions’ Banquet in Jefferson City, scheduled for June 2019


Artwork is selected for the annual Traveling Showcase.  Making the artwork available for public viewing is one way we can help reduce stigma and raise awareness of issues impacting individuals and families living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.


Notification to Artists: Traveling Showcase Artwork — letters are sent to the artists and facility contact persons notifying them their artwork was selected for the annual Traveling Showcase.  The notification will state the artwork will be retained until January, after the last traveling show in December.  In January, arrangements will be made to return the artwork to the artist.


Arrangements are underway to return the artwork not included in the Traveling Show.  Some of the artwork is returned via a mail delivery service, while larger and more delicate pieces are returned by DMH or facility/organization staff based on their travels to the general location of the artist.

August – December

Traveling Show Artwork is displayed at multiple venues throughout Missouri.

Early October

Initiate the process for next year’s Director’s Creativity Showcase entries


Arrangements are underway to return the artwork from the prior year’s Traveling Showcase.

To download a copy of this timeline:  CLICK HERE

This event is sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

For questions, please contact the Missouri Mental Health Foundation at (573) 635-9201 or mmhf@missourimhf.org





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RULES & GUIDELINES    (click here)


Who can enter the competition?

This competition is open to any individual receiving services through the Missouri Department of Mental Health provider network.

When are artwork entries accepted?

  • Entries are accepted November 1st through the end of January. (Specific deadlines will be announced each year)
  • Entry forms must be completed and affixed to artwork as specified in the Guidelines, as well as a SIGNED release form submitted for every artist.
  • Failure to submit a release form and/or completed entry form could exclude the artwork from being judged.

Cash Awards:

Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Disorders’ categories:  1st – 5th place will be awarded:

1st place   =   $200

2nd place   =   $150

3rd place   =   $100

4th place   =   $75

5th place   =   $25

Photography category, 1st – 3rd place will be awarded:

1st place   =   $150

2nd place   =   $100

3rd place   =   $75

Professional category – Best of Show will be awarded   =   $250


 ENTRY FORM   (click here)

Entry form must be completed and attached to the back of the artwork.

Limit one (1) entry per person, unless you are also participating in a group submission (see Guidelines for details)

Deadline for submission for entries is Friday, January 25, 2019 UNLESS you are delivering your entry to a facility for delivery to Jefferson City.  If so, you must have your entry to that facility at least one week earlier (by January 18, 2019) so that it can be transported and delivered to Jefferson City by the deadline.


RELEASE FORM    (click here)

A release form, signed by the artist/guardian, as well as a witness, MUST accompany all art, photos, and craft items submitted.  Please do NOT attach the release form directly to the artwork.  This form should be submitted separately, and will be retained by MMHF.

Artists should be aware that their work may be placed on public display and that confidentiality is not possible if their name is visible when displaying their artwork

A signed release form allows the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Missouri Department of Mental Health to display the artwork, as well as use images of the art in its promotional materials.


The deadline for submission of artwork for the 2019 Director’s Creativity Showcase is January 25, 2019

DCS Drop Off Facility List – 2019 – Attachment C