Cirrus House Members Win 4 of the 6 Awards in Art Contest

Congratulations to Cirrus House members who won awards in the “What Home Means to Me” poster contest.

“In the permanent housing programs category, Rolf Gerdan took first place, Josh Brown won second and there was a tie between Dwaine Arrends and Bonnie Gunderson for third place. In the public housing program category, first place went to Andrea Cook, second to Diane Herrington and third to Margaret Knoles.”

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Poster contest raises awareness to importance of a home

IRENE NORTH Staff Reporter inorth@starherald.com | Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:30 pm

A recent poster contest revealed what a home means to many in the Panhandle community.

The Panhandle Continuum of Care (CoC) for Housing and Homelessness joined with its partners across the community for a conference to raise public awareness about the critical need for housing and community development initiatives. Their campaign included a poster contest for participants associated with affordable housing and community supportive housing programs within CoC member agencies.

Cirrus House announced the winners of the poster contest at the Panhandle CoC fair housing conference.

“A couple of the tenants who entered the contest showed up that day,” said Kendra Dean, operations manager, Cirrus House, and this year’s co-chair. “We’re hoping to do that again because that was a cool thing.”

The theme for this year’s contest was “What Home Means to Me.” Posters were restricted in size to 22 inches by 28 inches. Any art medium was allowed. Contestants gathered their markers, crayons, paints and textiles to make single posters and collages about home. Each contestant provided a short narrative for their inspiration, vision and importance of their poster.

There were two categories for judging, those in permanent housing programs and those in a public housing program. Prizes awarded were $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

In the permanent housing programs category, Rolf Gerdan took first place, Josh Brown won second and there was a tie between Dwaine Arrends and Bonnie Gunderson for third place. In the public housing program category, first place went to Andrea Cook, second to Diane Herrington and third to Margaret Knoles.

Gerdan’s poster depicted different aspects of daily life for people with and without a home. For Gerdan, home is gratitude. In one panel, it compares a man eating out of a trash can and a man eating out of a refrigerator. Other panels show a man eating at a soup kitchen while another is eating at a dining room table and a man sleeping next to a dumpster, covered with newspaper and a man sleeping in a bed with a blanket. The largest panel on the poster shows a man in a suit and tie thinking, “Man, I wonder what it would be like not to work and get everything for free,” as he walks by a homeless man thinking, “Man, I wonder what it would be like to have the money to buy whatever I need.”

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