Topic for 2018: "The Next Chapter of the American Dream" Cesar Chavez once said, “Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” President John F. Kennedy said, “Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” For hundreds of years America has been built on the dreams and hard work of immigrants. Our country’s history is one built by people from all over the world coming here, or brought here, for many reasons. That work continues. What current issues over immigration are affecting you, your family, and/or your community? How have you, your family, or friends been involved in addressing these issues? In what ways are immigrants helping to write the next chapter of the American Dream? Students submitted entries in four different categories: Essay, Creative Writing, and Art.
To see the winning entries, please go to the "Winning Art & Writing Challenge Entries" menu and view the 2018 tabs.
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center wishes to acknowledge the generous donations received in 2018 in support of the Art & Writing Challenge program: Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Foundation / Ronald H. Yang & Katherine K. Tan / Ann Van de Pol.
And thanks to Springstone School for the assistance and the use of Fellowship Hall for the Art & Writing Challenge Awards Dinner.
THE 19th ANNUAL DENNIS THOMAS
ART & WRITING CHALLENGE - 2016
Topic for 2015: "We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest Until It Comes"
In 1964 Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."
It has been 51 years, but events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY, around the country, around the world, and in our own communities remind us that still, we cannot rest. Whether the struggle is ending anti-black law enforcement violence, eliminating discrimination , achieving marriage equality, ending poverty, or achieving fair and just immigration reform, we cannot rest until freedom is here.
Hip hop artist and activist Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) recently said that this critical time is "an opportunity for necessary change - positive change. And it’s not necessarily convenient or comfortable."
How can our art help us as we strive to make the necessary positive change to achieve freedom? Using your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation of what it is like when we work to make a positive change in the world around us.
We received submissions from a record number (42) of schools this year! Students submitted entries in four different categories: Essay, Creative Writing, Art and Video.
To see the winning entries, please go to the "Winning Art & Writing Challenge Entries" menu and view the 2015 tabs. HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS.........
The winners who were able to attend the Awards Dinner on May 9th, 2015
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center wishes to acknowledge the generous donations received in 2015 in support of the Art & Writing Challenge program: Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Foundation / Security - etc. / Ann Van de Pol / Barbara and Edward Tonningson / Joan Lautenberger / Stanley and Janet Maleski in memory of Adam Maleski / Bud and Mary Lembke / Dorothy Baltzo in memory of Andy Baltzo.
And thanks to Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church for the assistance of staff and the use of Bortin Hall for the Art & Writing Challenge Awards Dinner.