HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) Artwork from middle and high school students was put on display at the State Capitol's Chamber main level entrance Thursday, sponsored by the Hawaii Meth Project. More than 20 paintings and posters were chosen to represent the group's core message, "Not Even Once."
School faculty selected pieces of art from students across the state.
"The level of commitment and creativity demonstrated by these students is inspiring," said Cindy Adams, director of the Hawaii Meth Project.
Crystal Methamphetamine, more commonly known as "ice," costs the state more than $500 million each year to pay for treatment providers, law enforcement, and legislature. Adams said the posters represent a collective student voice against the effects of "ice."
"Displaying their artwork in the Capitol gives them a voice, demonstrates to policy makers that Hawaii's youth care about the destructive nature of Meth use to their peers, families and communities and want to do something about it," she said.
Launched in June of 2009, the Hawaii Meth Project integrates extensive research with a sometimes graphic media campaign. Images of longtime meth users with bloodied faces, along with similar scenarios, appear on the inside of buses and television commercials.
The display will be available for viewing until March 1.