All Delaware Valley students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to learn more about the Holocaust and share their thoughts and feelings on this dark period in history through the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition and Exhibition.
All Delaware Valley students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to learn more about the Holocaust and share their thoughts and feelings on this dark period in history through the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition and Exhibition. The contest, begun in 1973 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Community Relations Council, is named in memory of a young leader who led the Jewish uprising against Nazi tyranny in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.
There are four categories in the competition:
- Creative writing — essays, short stories, poems or dramatic scripts
- Music — original vocal or instrumental work written for solo, ensemble, band or orchestral presentation
- Visual arts — artwork in any media including painting, sculpture, prints, photography, film or digital media
- Creative dance — solo or group performances
Entries should focus on themes that encourage students to view the Holocaust through a broad perspective, reflecting upon its lessons in terms of their relevance to contemporary social and political issues. A list of potential themes, detailed entry requirements, Holocaust resources and the online entry form are available at jewishphilly.org/holocaust.
Josey Fisher, a Holocaust education consultant, is also available to recommend age-appropriate Holocaust resources and materials for the competition, and to support teachers’ Holocaust curriculum in general; Fisher can be contacted at [email protected]
Winners will be named in each category for three grade groupings: 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11th/12th. First-, second- and third-prize winners will receive gift cards; all entrants receive a certificate honoring their participation. Awards will be presented at a ceremony being held at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia on Monday, June 6th, where all visual arts entries will also be exhibited from Thursday, June 2nd, through Wednesday, June 15.
The deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 9. Each student must submit an individual online entry form, even for collaborative entries.