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Condom art – Artists compete globally

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Thousands of artists around the world will take part in a condom package art contest sponsored by a Bay area nonprofit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Thousands of artists under 25 from 21 different countries and five different continents will enter the competition. Winning drawings will be printed on 2.2 million condom packages to be distributed free by governments and public health organizations around the world.

Winning artists will receive $250 each for their work from Public Art Works, the nonprofit sponsoring the event. The $650,000 program cost is covered by individual gifts, foundation grants and contributions from participating countries.

“You could call this emergency art. It’s art that is going to be used to change behavior and save lives,” said Bill Morrison, director of Public Art Works.

Event planners hope the artsy condom slipcovers will enable people to carry condoms in their wallets or pockets without the usual stigma associated with the practice.

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