Elementary School Art Challenge

Differences and Fairness

We invite elementary school students to create original art showing how fairness can be achieved in our communities while accepting and appreciating differences such as race, religion, and cultures. Students may consider the following in preparing for their work:

  • Do you have a friend who is different from you? What are the differences?
  • Have you seen people being treated differently or unfairly because they have a different skin color or religion, or they are different in any other way? What do you think a person should do in such a situation?
  • How can we encourage people we meet or play with to be respectful, caring, and fair to others who may look and live differently than we do?
  • How can we achieve a world where everyone feels they are treated fairly and are part of the same community?

Grades: K-4

Criteria: Work should be two-dimensional and no more than 24” framed in any direction.  The art pieces 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.

Important Note: Each student should create a unique art piece with a unique design and message.

Paperwork: All projects must be submitted with the filled-out name tag typed and mounted on black matte board on both sides. On one side, 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. On the other side, only the title for the art piece and the brief statement should appear. Moreover, another name tag will full information (name of student, teacher’s name, title) should be taped (or glued) to the back of the art piece’s matte board for ease of identification.  Please fill out the teacher inventory form for your school as well.

Click here for the name tag template and the teacher inventory forms.

Timeline: The deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2019.  Work will be returned after the awards ceremony and final exhibit during PeaceQuest 2019, which will be held in late September.

Display & Awards: Work will be shown at multiple venues and the winners will be decided based on public vote and juror’s choice. Each participant student will receive a certificate. The awards are: $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, there will be several honorable mentions.  A certificate and a gift will also be presented to the participating art teachers.

Please email lansing@interculturalmichigan.org with questions and to sign up ASAP!  We will let you know how many pieces your school can submit once we know how many schools are participating.

This year’s art challenge is organized and sponsored by the following:

Intercultural Association of Michigan

The mission of Intercultural Association of Michigan (IAM) is to promote and organize activities to foster diversity, social integration, community involvement and volunteering. IAM is dedicated to intercultural dialog between Michigan’s ethnic communities. More information at interculturalmichigan.org

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Launched in 2016, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. It seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism – the main one being the belief in a hierarchy of human value. In 2017, WK Kellogg Foundation supported TRHT processes in 14 places including Lansing, Michigan. More information at healourcommunities.org