â€œArt Awakensâ€ is an exciting new program forÂ Star WarsÂ fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by â€œBending the Rulesâ€ of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.
â€œArt Awakensâ€ kicks off August 11thÂ with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit theirÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ inspired art onÂ ArtAwakens.comÂ for a chance to be showcased in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.
Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-dayÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name ofÂ Star Wars:Â Force for ChangeÂ to benefitÂ UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.
Five lucky winners of theÂ Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendaryÂ visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic and others, will have their art showcased in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.
Additionally, an HP â€œBend the Rulesâ€ Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP â€œBend the Rulesâ€ Award winner will receive an HP Notebook ComputerÂ to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity.