Art Contest

Create original student art about the following theme:

Compassion in Action… Caring Matters!

No other generation has experienced the fast-paced growth we experience today. We move around so quickly from one part of our day to the next, that we often neglect to add compassion to our lives to serve our global and local community. How can we each cultivate compassion into our daily lives and the lives of others? Just a bit of kindness to one another every day goes a long way! What can you do to put a little bit of compassion back into this world? How will it change you and change the world we live in if we practiced a little daily compassion?

Grades: 8-12

Criteria: Work may be 2d or 3d, but no more than 24” framed in any direction.  Two dimensional works must be mounted individually on a stiff surface such as matte board or foam core so that it can be displayed on an easel.   Work should either reach the edge or be matted on a black or white background. Use acetate or glass to cover delicate works such as charcoal or pastel.  Three dimensional works should be pre-assembled and have its own container to travel in safely with a lid so that it can be stacked during travel.

Paperwork: All projects must be submitted with the filled out name tag typed and mounted on black matte board. The name tag should include the name of the student, his/her teacher’s name, the title for the art piece and a brief statement (1-3 sentences) describing the artwork’s message. Please fill out the teacher inventory form for your school as well.  Both forms are available here: Art Contest Name Tag and Inventory Forms

Timeline: The deadline for submissions is May 19th, 2017.  Work will be returned after the awards ceremony and final exhibit during Peace Quest, which will be held September 17-24, 2017.

Display & Awards: Work will be shown at multiple venues and the winners will be decided based on public vote and juror’s choice. The awards are: $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, a handmade piece of artwork will be presented to the teachers of the three winners.

Please email Heidi Irvine ( with questions and to sign up ASAP!  We will let you know how many pieces per level we can take once we know how many schools are participating. (We anticipate 5-12 entries per school)

About Niagara Foundation

Niagara Foundation (NF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and to encourage cultural exchange through social, art, and educational events. NF is dedicated to building a platform where people from all walks of life can come together and appreciate their differences and similarities in a friendly atmosphere. More information at