“I followed my passion in basketball and used it to have a voice as a human rights activist, and I admire that you guys are also following your passions in art and writing”
Enes Kanter Freedom
Former NBA Player & Human Rights Activist
“One example of the organization’s many rewarding activities and educational programs, the Art & Essay Contest has given young people the opportunity to share their views on the major social issues of today.”
Former Governor of New Jersey
THEMEThe Impact of Social Media on Peace-Building
Calling all artists and writers! Applications are now open for the Peace Islands Institute's Art and Essay Contest 2023. This year's theme is "The Impact of Social Media on Peace-Building". Show us your creative talents and share your thoughts on this important topic.
The deadline for submissions is May 30th. Don't miss out on the chance to have your work recognized and potentially win great prizes.
Join us in this annual competition, which had over 200 applications last year. Apply now and let your voice be heard!
6-12th grades from the State of New Jersey can partake in the competition. Each student can submit only one work in each category. Participants must submit their works until May 30th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.
After an evaluation by the jury, we will share the results within a short period of time. Winners will be announced on June 15th via our Instagram account and website after the Award Ceremony.
The Awards Ceremony
Our final stage is the awards ceremony! We will notify you of the time and place of the awards ceremony via email and also our social media platforms.
We always make sure to have a good time together at the ceremony.
We have 5 honorable mentions for each category as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
Why Should You Join The Art & Essay Contest?
The Art & Essay Contest is one of Peace Islands Institute's (PII) longest running programs that began in 2010. Consistent with Peace Islands Institute’s mission of promoting pluralism and bringing people from different backgrounds together, the Art & Essay Contest (A&E) aims for;
Bring middle and high school students from around the state of New Jersey together.
Promote awareness on issues of common concern among New Jersey youth.
Facilitate their personal and academic growth through a healthy competitive environment.
Inspire them to make a positive change in their communities. Since its inception in 2010, the annual Art & Essay Contest attracts submissions from around 200 New Jersey public, private, and charter schools.