On August 13, the Mythos Youth Council handed out awards to entrants of this year’s Mythos Challenge.
The Mythos Challenge was a Game Competition, Youth Council, and Workshop Series that ran from January to June 2015. Youth were invited to create digital interactive stories, games, and mobile apps inspired by mythology, oral histories, and world traditions. Winning entries were played in conjunction with the Museum’s recent exhibition, Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and were eligible for cash prizes totaling $5,000. Museum visitors had the opportunity to play Mythos Challenge games and vote for a “People’s Choice” award winner.
The remaining awards celebrated diversity and imagination—ensuring that awardees represented a range of ages and experience levels. In addition to People’s Choice and Thematic monetary awards, three Epic Potential awardees were provided a $1,000 budget and the opportunity mentor under professionals from Oregon’s game industries. Pixel Arts Game Education and the Portland Indie Game Squad supplied award funding.
Preceding the awards ceremony, attendees had the option of taking part in a Scratch computer programming game jam with members of the Portland Indie Game Squad and Pixel Arts Game Education, participate in a live-action role playing tour of Gods and Heroes by 60 Minutes to Escape, enjoy interactive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection, and peruse the Object Stories exhibition co-curated by the Mythos Youth Council.
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