Q&A with “summer food” artist, Jalia

Jalia and summer food artwork Jalia H., a 13-year-old from Aurora, recently won a poster contest that resulted in her artwork being displayed across the state via postcards, banners (like what’s in the photo), fliers, bus and movie theater ads, websites and more—all to promote a statewide program that connects Colorado kids and teens to free, nutritious meals during the summer months.

Read more about the contest and why Jalia’s artwork was selected.


The young artist took some time to tell us more about herself, her artwork and her interests.


Why did you enter the contest?
Because I love art! I’ve been drawing since I was about 5. It gives me something to do if I am feeling down.

Jalia poster artwork What inspired your artwork?
Graffiti inspires me. I made my mom a graffiti art card for Mother’s Day.

Which is your favorite character?
The apple. I saw a poster in 3rd grade with an apple on it, and that’s what I was thinking about when drawing these characters.

What’s your favorite healthy food?
Pomegranates because they are so sweet, but you can’t eat too many at one time or you won’t feel well!

Do you have a favorite healthy activity?
Softball! I’ve lost weight playing softball – I just made up my mind that I wanted to do it, and it happened!

Do you have any advice to other artists?
Just stick with it. Don’t think you have to be perfect, but just keep trying and you’ll get better at it.


Beginning late May, families can find nearby summer food sites in Colorado by calling the Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626 or visiting


About Michelle Ray

Michelle is the Director of Communications for Hunger Free Colorado.


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