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2022 Homeownership Month Kids Art Contest: June 1-30, 2022

AHFA received 27 entries and more than 1,300 votes in our 2022 Homeownership Month Kids Art Contest. AHFA thanks everyone who entered. The artwork is terrific. We are pleased that so many young artists showcased their talents.

Congratulations to the winners!

1st place: Aundrea Woods, age 9, Pinson

First-place winner Aundrea Woods of Pinson presented a piece of artwork that portrayed home in a way that was unexpected--a picture of a house that was broken. When she was asked to explain her picture, she said, "My daddy doesn’t live here anymore and I feel like I’m in the middle.”

Aundrea admits that spending time with each parent is difficult and wonderful all at the same time. She was asked, "If your artwork could talk to other kids your age, what would it tell them?” Woods responded by saying, “If your mom and dad are split apart, don’t be sad. It doesn’t matter ‘cause you still have family and you are still loved.” 

While home can mean many different things to different people, at its heart, it means the same thing: a soft spot to land, a haven of protection, and an oasis of comfort.

Thank you to nine-year-old Aundrea for shedding a positive light on a negative, yet quite common, reality.

2nd place: Makenzie Deanes, age 9, Madison

So, what does “home” mean to Makenzie? She had much to say about her masterpiece that she turned in for the art contest. First, she mentioned that her favorite color is turquoise and that she used colored pencils for shading.  

When asked to describe her artwork, she said, “This is a picture of my house and my family and how we roll.”
MaKenzie explains what each word written on the house means:

--Togetherness: "I love my family and I am very thankful."       
--Love and Peace: "Our love and when we go to sleep."                       
--Good Times: "When we have fun together making TikTok videos, cooking out, jumping on our trampoline, and playing games. P.S. I win most of the time!”  
When asked how her picture makes her feel inside her heart, she said, “I’m proud of it. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to be in the art competition. I feel happy inside to make others feel happy and be inspired by my picture.”

3rd place: Emma Jane Howell, age 8, Mobile

This 8-year-old, adorable blonde-haired, hazel-eyed gymnast from Mobile is a middle child with two brothers.

If Emma Jane is not crab walking, doing cartwheels, or spending time with her cousins, you will find her playing with her dog Cash.

When describing her artwork she said, “The bubble around my head is a 'thinking bubble.' I am thinking about my home and my family.”

Emma said that she used color crayons and markers to create her picture and that her favorite color is blue, just like the sea. You can tell she loves her family very much by the big, beautiful, red heart she drew in the center of her house. Emma mentioned how she feels safe in her home with her family and that her favorite time is game night.

Emma Jane's “thinking bubble” is a great reminder that home is, “a place of love, safety, comfort, and fun.”

We invited children in Alabama, ages 5 to 18, to submit an original art piece that illustrates their answer to the question, “What Does Home Mean To You?” Each winner will receive a gift card and deluxe art kit.

Thanks also to everyone who participated by voting.

Contest Rules:

  • Must between ages 5-18 to enter
  • One entry per kid or teen
  • Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. CST on June 30
  • Voting will begin on July 1 at 12:00 a.m. CST and will continue until July 8 at 11:59 p.m. CST
  • Facebook users can vote for their favorite selfie by liking a photo in the gallery
  • The winner will be the artwork with the most likes
  • The winner will be announced and notified on July 11
  • Winners will be notified by email and has 72 hours to respond
  • Gift cards and prizes will be delivered or mailed to winners
  • Individuals and family members of those who work at Alabama Housing Finance Authority are not eligible to win
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning
  • Only entries received are eligible to win
  • Data collected is protected by Alabama Housing Finance Authority’s existing privacy policy
  • Any and all disputes arising out of or connected with this sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Alabama
  • Upon entering, you consent to AHFA’s use of the entrant’s name, age, and city, and use of the artwork in any and all publications and other advertising media, for any and all advertising trade, publicity, and art purposes.
  • Upon entering, you also grant AHFA the rights to copyright or otherwise protect any matter in which said artwork should appear.
  • Upon entering, you release the Alabama Housing Finance Authority from any and all liability in connection with the use, reproduction and publication of any artwork.