Holocaust Remembered Through Art and Writing Contest

October 07, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students are invited to participate in the annual Holocaust Arts and Writing Competition, sponsored by the West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education.  

Entries should illustrate this year’s theme: “Looking the Other Way: Humanity's Failure to Respond.” The theme is designed to address the following points:

1.    That the Holocaust did happen.
2.    That there were human consequences, some lifelong.
3.    That the world has not changed that much since genocides still occur.
4.    That there remains the need for awareness, vigilance and involvement.

The contest is open to all interested students in West Virginia schools in grades five through 12. Teachers who have large numbers of students wishing to enter are encouraged to provide a selection process and submit no more than three entries in each of the categories – essays, art work and poetry. Copyrighted images or written materials must be referenced and all entries become the property of the West Virginia Holocaust Education Center.  

Essays must be at least 500 words and no more than 1,000 words in length, legibly written or preferably typed or written on a computer using 14 point font. Poetry will be judged separately from essays. All forms of poems will be accepted but must be at least one page long and clearly demonstrate the contestant’s sensitivity to the subject.  

Paintings, drawings, computer generated graphics, crafts, displays, posters and models, can be submitted as works of art. Such entries should include a written explanation of how the piece relates to the theme. Models should not exceed 24 inches.  
Entries should be completed during the 2009-2010 academic school year and submitted with a completed entry form and postmarked no later than Feb. 26, 2010. Winners will be notified shortly after the April 1, 2010, judging date and presented on May 2, 2010.

Entries can be mailed to: West Virginia Holocaust Education Center, Arts and Writing Contest 2009-2010, P.O. Box 1125, Morgantown, WV 26507-1125. Delivery of large items can be arranged by calling the West Virginia Holocaust Education Center at (304) 291-3732.  

Applications are available here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2009/Arts_and_Writing_Rules09-10-edit.doc

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.



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