Oliver Art Center Hosts ‘Make a Mask, Make a Difference’

Oliver Art Center is helping give back to our frontline workers and healthcare professionals. They have created a ‘Make a Mask, Make a Difference’ contest for handmade masks. Now through July 6, they are accepting donations of handmade masks from crafters, designers, seamstresses, and artists of all ages. The masks need to be latex free, made of breathable fabric, and washable. Both elastic and tie versions are accepted. Submissions will be judged on overall creativity and originality. There will be both a youth and adult bracket with cash prizes! Adults first place receives $250 and Youth first place receives $75. Prizewinners will be announced July 13 and then the masks will be donated to local organizations that need them for employees or volunteers.

“COVID-19 has impacted so many people and we would like to support all of the health professionals and essential workers going to work for us while risking not only their health but that of their family as well,” said Kelly Winter, OAC board member and project coordinator.

“We are hoping to gather 200 masks during this contest. Cash prizes have been donated by an anonymous donor to help encourage folks to create masks as well as provide financial assistance to local creators in a small way. We are always saying how art is beneficial to your health, and this contest is bringing that to light,” says Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director of Oliver Art Center. Once the masks are collected, they will be photographed and featured in an online exhibition via the art center.

Masks may be mailed to the art center at P.O. Box 1513 Frankfort, MI 49635 now through the July 6 deadline. Contact the art center at for more information on how you can participate in the contest.