Dear Educators and Students,
Consistent with Peace Islands Institute’s (PII) mission of promoting pluralism and bringing people from different backgrounds together, Art & Essay Contest (A&E) aims to (1) bring middle and high school students from around the state of New Jersey together, (2) promote awareness on issues of common concern among New Jersey youth, (3) facilitate their personal and academic growth through a healthy competitive environment, and (4) inspire them to make a positive change in their communities. Since its inception in 2010, annual Art & Essay Contest attracts submissions from around 200 New Jersey public, private, and charter schools. The contest consists of two categories, art and essay, and is made up of two participant categories, middle school (grades 6 through 8) and high school (grades 9 through 12). Each participant can compete in one or both of art and essay categories. Please follow our Instagram account at @artandessay to stay up to date with the contest announcements.
PII’s mission is to facilitate a forum of mutual respect and collaboration, both welcoming and accepting varied viewpoints and voices with the intent to (1) develop original and alternative perspectives on vital issues that New Jersey is facing, (2) generate solutions to these issues, and (3) support successful practices. PII promotes education, friendship and harmony, and acting as an island of peace for all New Jerseyans of different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Art and Essay Contest serves PII’s mission by instilling some of the peace-building values among the youth of our state and giving them a platform to express their vision of a strong and prosperous community based on the values of unity, education, welfare, and progress.