2021-2022 Arts of Respect High School Program


Arts of Respect High School Program

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.

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

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