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CED’s 5th Annual “Love Your Tree” Campaign

“Like a tree, my body is… renewed”

“Love Your Tree” is an inspiring body image campaign based on the work of author and activist, Eve Ensler.  Ensler’s award winning play, “The Good Body” sends a message to women to stop hating their bodies and encourages us all to challenge society’s narrow definition of beauty. The Love Your Tree program was created five years ago as a creative avenue for this important message to reach young people in our state. The central theme, “Love Your Body, Love Your Tree” encourages self awareness and self care as well as an appreciation for the diversity of beauty.

“Like a tree my body is…unique and my heart breaks free of the images in the media.”

Middle school, high school and college students from across Maryland are invited to create and submit original posters that illustrate their positive response to the phrase, “Like a tree, my body is…”. This campaign provides students with an opportunity to use art as an avenue for learning about and expressing messages of body appreciation.

How to Get Involved:

Teachers, counselors, school administrators and other youth leaders in Maryland are encouraged to contact us if you are interested in setting up a “Love Your Tree” workshop for a group of students during October, November or December 2010. Poster entries are also accepted from any interested individual students.

Please download the following items for details on how to submit a poster:

“Like a tree my body is, fun, strong, alive, exquisite, beautiful, lovely, UNIQUE!”

The campaign will culminate in February 2011 with a special recognition ceremony and a public exhibit of student artwork.  Students will receive awards for their artwork and one poster is chosen to be reproduced and utilized in the following year’s efforts towards promoting a positive body image. Community members, parents, friends, teachers and school administrators are invited to attend the reception.

Poster entries must be no smaller than 9″x12″ and no larger than 12″x18″. Only two- dimensional media will be accepted.

For more information, contact the CED Outreach Department at (410) 427-3886 or kclemmer@sheppardpratt.org.

The inspirational posters pictured above  were part of the 2009/2010 LYT exhibit.  Student names and their corresponding artist statements are listed below (from top to bottom):

  • Kiley Baker, Bel Air High School,  “Like a tree, my body is… renewed”
  • Leeza Faraone, Notre Dame Preparatory School, “Like a tree my body is…unique and my heart breaks free of the images in the media.”
  • Frank Sobczynski, MICA, “Like a tree my body is, fun, strong, alive, exquisite, beautiful, lovely, UNIQUE!”

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