"A Colorful Life" Statewide Coloring Project

Last year, our Supportive Living (SL) communities showed us what makes them happy. This year, we’re asking our communities to show off their creative and colorful sides by participating in a coloring project! Working as a group, each community can determine how its finished poster should look. Be creative and show us how you can all come together to create a beautiful and bright work of art that is uniquely your own!

Start by having your community choose one of three posters we’ve pre-selected from a website specializing in large format posters. Then determine how you’d like to color it (colored pencils, markers, crayons or any combination). The sky is the limit to your group’s creativity!

See below for individual coloring contest info

When you’re done, submit the finished work of art to AALC where we will then display it at the State Capitol in April. Our display will not only showcase the talented residents in Supportive Living, it will also show how unique each community is when compared with others who started out with a similar design, but transformed it into something uniquely their own.

We’re confident that our Capitol display will prove that our residents live A Colorful Life!

This is a fun activity meant to bring your community members together to create a work of art and showcase A Colorful Life. There will be no awards given for submitted posters, however we will be awarding prizes to individuals who decide to compete in the Individual Coloring Contest.

Statewide Project Submissions

Contact Valerie Moore at:
or call: 217-525-0700 x 109

Deadline for submissions:
April 1, 2018

How to Participate in A Colorful Life Poster Project:

1. Have your community choose from one of these three giant posters to submit: Hidden Cottage, New York City or Burst of Energy. The GIANT SIZE poster is 32.5 x 22” so several residents should be able to color it at one time.

2. Order a GIANT Poster:
Visit the website: Stuff2Color to select one of the 3 GIANT SIZE posters below to color. Be sure to use the discount code: COLORFUL when checking out.

3. Coloring Rules: Each community can choose to use whatever type of coloring implements they want: markers, crayons, colored pencils, chalk or any combination.

Submission Process

Mail Display Boards to AALC by April 1, 2017.

Write an Overview
Type up a one-page overview with the following information:

  • Name of the community
  • Names and ages of those who participated in the coloring contest
  • Describe what type of coloring implements you used to complete the piece
  • Include photos of your residents working together to color the poster

Mail Posters and Overview to AALC - Due by April 1, 2018.

1. Roll up poster and place in mailing tube.

2. Include overview in tube. Mail Poster & Overview to:
601 W. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62704

Individual Coloring Contest

Looking for a little competition to spice things up? Have some creative individuals who want to showcase their creative coloring talents? We have the perfect solution. Enter the A Colorful Life Coloring Contest!

Unlike the Statewide Poster Coloring Project where we ask communities to work together to color in giant posters,the coloring contest will ask talented individuals from throughout the state to submit their favorite smaller format pieces for the chance to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon!

Coloring Rules:
Individuals can choose to use whatever type of coloring tool they want: markers, crayons, colored pencils, chalk or any combination. We will not be supplying a specific piece to color. We encourage individuals who want to enter the contest to submit the subject of their choice (nature, animals, people). The only requirement is that the submitted entry must start as a pre-printed sheet that is intended for coloring.

We will NOT accept paintings or original drawings.

The submitted pieces will be judged and displayed at the State Capitol alongside the community poster submissions.

Individual Coloring Contest Submission Rules:

1. Sizes of coloring submissions can range from 8x10 to 11x14.

2. Mount submission on foam core or thick cardboard. If possible, the foam core board should be several inches larger than the actual coloring being submitted.

3. Include on a 5x7 card the following information:
Name & Age of individual
Photo of individual coloring (if you have it)
Community Name
Type of coloring implements used to complete the piece

4. Mail Individual Coloring Contest Submissions to AALC
Mail Entry To:
601 W. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62704

Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2018

Contact Valerie Moore at:
or call: 217-525-0700 x 109


April 1, 2018 | Poster displays due at AALC
April 23-24, 2018 | Posters will be on display at the state Capitol
June 6-7, 2018 | Posters will be on display at State Championships

Deadline for submissions: April 1, 2018