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This year, Arts of Respect (AOR) is once again hosting an arts showcase and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts for New Jersey high school students. Whether your school is new to our program, or you have participated in AOR in prior years, we invite you to encourage your students to submit applications for our April 2022 program.

The theme for the 2021-2022 AOR High School showcase is “Building Bridges.”

The objectives of Arts of Respect are:

1) To encourage students to engage with the arts as a way to explore the theme of respect and raise awareness of the need to acknowledge, accept, and embrace difference.

2) To help students to gain a greater sense of well-being, and thereby create a healthier learning environment in their classroom, school, and community.

Key dates: The application portal opens Monday, December 6, 2021 and closes Monday, February 28, 2022. Register here: (https://forms.gle/iVCmzT1eCUuyj3Qq5)

The Arts of Respect showcase is scheduled for April 2022 (virtual or on the Drew University campus, conditions permitting).

Cash prizes will be awarded, and each student receives a certificate of participation.

Questions? Email crcc@drew.edu , (“AOR High School” in subject line).

Image: Dr. Paul Drucker, 2019 Arts of Respect Showcase.

Overview

Open to all New Jersey High School students grades 9-12.

This year’s festival has three categories: visual, literary, and performing arts.

Students are invited to submit works in one, two, or all three categories.

  • A brief (one paragraph) artist or author statement accompanies each submission. This statement should express how the submission reflects the Arts of Respect theme. Each student submits their own statement.
  • Students are invited to submit works in one, two, or all three categories. Please submit a separate registration for each category.
  • Each submission needs a high school teacher mentor currently on staff at the student’s school to guide, support, and approve the project. Teacher mentors, please email a brief letter certifying project supervision to crcc@drew.edu, subject line “AOR HS_student name_school_teacher name”
  • Registered applicants will receive a Drew University Media Release form (signed by student, and the student’s parent or legal guardian if under 18 years of age) providing consent to artwork, in whole or in part, being used and reproduced on the CRCC website for promotional and/or informational purposes. Please complete and email to crcc@drew.edu, subject line “AOR HS_student name_school_teacher name”
  • The Arts of Respect showcase is scheduled for April 2022 (virtual or on the Drew University campus, conditions permitting).
  • The application portal opens 9 am on Monday, December 6, 2021 and closes 5 pm on Monday February 28, 2022.

Questions? Email crcc@drew.edu with “AOR HS” in the subject line.

Visual Arts
  1. Students are welcome to submit entries utilizing any medium. Drawing, watercolour, oil paint, acrylic paint, collages, sculpture, photograph, and mixed media accepted.
  2. One submission per student.
  3. Each submission requires a faculty/teacher mentor.
  4. For 2-dimensional works of art:
    • Maximum width – 16”; Maximum height – 16.”
    • 2-D artwork must be prepared for easel mounting. Mat or frame required.
  5. For 3-dimensional works of art:
    • 3-D materials must be able to stand on a flat surface without support mountings.
    • Mobile or ceiling mounted works cannot be displayed at the Showcase, but students can submit a printed photograph image (with mat or frame).
  6. A jury of art professionals will judge the submitted works on the basis of the following: (1) uniqueness, (2) creative/expressive use of materials, (3) artistry of execution, and (4) integration of medium and message (overall impact of the visual idea) reflecting the Arts of Respect theme.
  7. Each submission must have on the back:
    • Student name
    • Grade
    • School name and address
    • Sponsoring Teacher’s name, phone number, email address, and certification of supervision.
    • Title of the wor
    • Medium/Materials used (for instance, “oil on canvas”)
  8. A brief (1 paragraph) artist statement and a jpeg image of the artwork must accompany each submission. The artist statement should express how the art reflects the Arts of Respect theme.
  9. Drew University Media Release form (signed by student, and the student’s parent or legal guardian if under 18 years of age) providing consent to artwork, in whole or in part, being used and reproduced on the CRCC website for promotional and/or informational purposes.
  10. If the Arts of Respect Showcase is in-person, deliver art submissions to the Drew University campus on the day of. Please take your artwork with you after the Showcase. Drew University is not able to store artwork. Unclaimed artwork will be discarded.
Literary
  1. The participants upload literary works online (PDF) at www.drew.edu/crcc. Convert all word documents or google doc to PDF before submitting.
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished, and written by one student.
  3. One (1) submission per student.
  4. Each submission should be typed, double-spaced, size 12 Times New Roman font, 1” margins, no more than five (5) pages. Images, graphs, or charts must be properly attributed or cited.
  5. Each submission requires a faculty/teacher mentor who will guide, support, and approve the project submission.  Upload a certification of supervision that the teacher mentor proofread the text, verified attributions for all embedded images, and approved the final work.
  6. Written submission may be any genre (for example, fiction or nonfiction, poetry, script, interview).
  7. >Each submission will be judged on the basis of following criteria:  (1) uniqueness, (2) creative/expressive use of language, (3) writing style, and (4) expression of the Arts of Respect theme.
  8. Each submission must include:
    • Student name
    • Grade
    • School name
    • Sponsoring Teacher’s name, phone number, email, and certification of supervision.
  9. A brief (1 paragraph) author statement must accompany each submission. This statement should express how the literary submission reflects the Arts of Respect theme.
  10. Drew University Media Release form (signed by student, and the student’s parent or legal guardian if under 18 years of age) providing consent to artwork, in whole or in part, being used and reproduced on the CRCC website for promotional and/or informational purposes.
Performing Arts
  1. Submission format is open. The project may include, for example, a performance, song, dance, monologue, “TEDx”-modeled narrative, spoken word.
  2. Minimum and maximum performance length – 3 to 5 minutes
  3. Up to 5 students may participate in a single performing arts submission.
  4. An individual student can participate in only one performance submission.
  5. Up to 5 teacher mentors may guide, support, and approve the final submission. One teacher must be the lead contact for the group.
  6. The submission may be live or recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
  7. Each submission will be judged on the basis of following criteria:  (1) uniqueness, (2) creative/expressive use of media, (3) narrative, and (4) expression of the Arts of Respect theme.
  8. One submission per group. Submission must include:
    • Student name(s)
    • Grade(s)
    • School name
    • Each sponsoring Teacher’s name, phone number, email address, and certification of supervision.
    • Lead teacher’s contact information
  9. A brief (one paragraph) artist statement from each participant accompanies the submission. This statement should express how the student believes their submission reflects the Arts of Respect theme.
  10. Drew University Media Release form (signed by student, and the student’s parent or legal guardian if under 18 years of age) providing consent to artwork, in whole or in part, being used and reproduced on the CRCC website for promotional and/or informational purposes.


Arts of Respect, established in 2009, is sponsored by Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC), which endeavors to end hatred and mere tolerance, and promote mutual respect.

Arts of Respect originated at Drew University as the brainchild of Dr. Paul Drucker, a member of Drew’s College of Liberal Arts class of 1951 and a retired physician. Dr. Drucker’s passion for advancing respect among all people led to the development of an arts program which encourages students and the community at large to explore conflict through the lens of art.

Teachers, please consider incorporating this Arts of Respect activity into your lesson plan for this year. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Questions? Email crcc@drew.edu, AOR in subject line.

Jonathan Golden, Ph.D. Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict CRCC. jgolden@drew.edu

Avianna Miller, Drew Class of 2023. Student Coordinator, AOR High School Showcase. Majors: Studio Art and Media & Communications

Learn more about Drew’s Action Scholar Program,Theatre and Dance ,Arts Media & Communications and Creative Writing  program and faculty.