Q: What is Munchy May?
A: Munchy May is a month long art challenge created by Jacob Kennedy. The project’s mission is to “Encourage self-help through food illustration”. The focus of the project is the adoption of two positive habits: Self-expression and Gratitude reflection, as well as providing the opportunity for participants to improve their art skills through focused practice. 
Everyday throughout the month of May anyone participating in the Munchy May challenge will create an artwork of a meal they have had that day. This artwork is then submitted to Instagram, alongside a description of what their meal has caused them to be grateful for that day. Participants are welcome to write as little or as much as they want but they must write something. When posting please remember to use the hashtags #Munchymay and #Munchymay2021 if you want your art to be seen. Please see the Official Rules and Submission Guide for details.

Q: Can I participate in Munchy May?
A: YES! Everyone can, the main goal is for everyone to feel included and part of a larger community in which they can share what influences their day to day life through the expression of food illustration. Whether you have tons of experience or non at all, all submissions have a chance to hit it big on the Munchy May main page! The more people that get involved the bigger our community gets and more gratitude we can share. Please see the Participate page for details.

Q: Why have an event focus on "Gratitude"? 
A: Everyday for many people around the world there are hardships and difficulties been experienced. For many there are challenges that can lead to peoples mental health declining as a consequence of various impacts. The act of practicing gratitude reflection is a proven weapon against the various traumas that people suffer. 
A quick google search explains that the benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
If the Munchy May project can only achieve one thing, it is hoped that it will have a positive impact on peoples lives by providing people with a powerful framework that they can carry with them for a long time after the project ends.

Q: What if I’m not good enough to get involved?
A: EVERYONE IS GOOD ENOUGH! Again, this event is all about enjoying taking some time for ourselves to set new routines: The act of daily self expression through creative means and the practice of daily gratitude. It’s all about sharing our journey and finding inspiration in each other. No matter the format, media, or anything else! Just have fun and play hard! 

Q: Can I work ahead of time?
A: YES! A meal plan prompt will be released ahead of the event to inspire you, where you can feel free to work through as many at a time as you like.

Q: Is there a deadline?
A: Not really, the suggested goal is to start on the 1st of May and end on the 31st of May but there is NO STRICT "must be done by" in this event. The real goal is the achievement of the process, creating the 31 artworks and posting after completion with a statement of gratitude.

Q: Is Munchy May a challenge or a contest?
A: Munchy May is a challenge NOT a contest. It’s a challenge to see how much we can grow as artists and as people in one month with the aim of inspiring one another. Munchy May is intended as a framework to stimulate the process of developing healthy daily practices: self-expression and gratitude.

Q: When is Munchy May?
A: Munchy May is held every year in the month of May. Post your first Munchy May artwork on the 1st of May and your last on the 31st of May.

Q: Where do I send my Munchy May artworks?
A: You do not need to send your artworks to us. Simply post the photos of your artwork onto your own Instagram account and tag it with the hashtags #munchymay and #munchymay2021. Others will be able to see it and you can follow those tags to see the work of everyone else.

Q: What if I don’t have an Instagram account?
A: If you don’t have an Instagram account there are a few things you can do depending on your preference:
- 1. You can create a new Instagram solely for the purpose of submitting to the event, you can post using a pseudonym if you don’t want to share your personal information.
- 2. You can post on another social media if you prefer too, although Munchy May is primarily based on Instagram we are working on expanding our reach to other channels.
- 3. You can just share it with friends and family in person, you can frame it, hang it on the wall, or even clip it to the fridge!

Q: Where is Munchy May?
A: There is currently no official location or convention for Munchy May. Wherever you live and create is where Munchy May belongs.

Q: Can I work Digitally? Can I work Traditionally? Can I use 3d?
A: Yes, yes, and yes! Art is in the eye of the beholder! All forms of art creation are welcome! This challenge encourages people to create new artwork inspired by their daily life. Unfortunately photography submissions cannot be taken into account by Munchy May so get to creating!

Q: If I do not finish my artwork in time are works in progress (WIPS) acceptable?
A: Absolutely! Creating art can be a long and hard process, there will be many times when you just run out of time and it comes with the territory of the challenge. Just post what you have and have a fresh start the next day. The goal is to be consistent not to be the best everyday.

Q: Do I have to use the official prompt list?
A: No. The prompts are there to help spark your creativity and to inspire you to try new things, if you have your own meal plan go for it!

Q: Does it have to be a meal I eat the same day I post?
A: No! It can be a recent meal which has inspired you. There is no hard rule on this aspect of the challenge as long as it has been a meal that you have eaten which has recently inspired you!

Q: Do I have to have my own art style or can I borrow someone elses or develop one as I go?
A: This exercise and challenge is designed to be a framework for growth, people that are growing don’t have a “style” they are still exploring. You can draw whatever you like for this challenge as long as the focal point is a meal you’ve had recently and the description of each post includes something you're grateful for.

Q: What if I see someone doing Munchy May wrong?
A: There’s no Munchy May police going around to shut people down if they aren’t following our rules or prompt list. Use your energy to celebrate people’s creativity and expression not their differences. Do like your momma taught you: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”

Q: Where can I buy Munchy May merchandise and apparel from?
A: We are in the process of launching the store with no official date. Please direct message our official Instagram account if you want further details.

Q: Where are this year’s prompts?
A: A week before the 1st of May every year the official prompt list is drafted and posted on our Instagram account. Due to the nature of the Munchy May event requiring you to illustrate food you have eaten, our prompt list is intended to be a suggested meal plan. You do not have to use the prompt list to take part in the event. You can find our suggested meal plan on the Prompt List page.

Q: Where do I go if my question wasn't answered on this page?
A: If your question is more complicated or situation based please feel welcome to direct message our official Instagram account! We are always happy to chat just please be patient with how quickly we take to reply. 
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