Social justice art contest announced

One of the featured educational pieces at the 2017 NJEA Convention will be a brand new social justice exhibit called “The Awakening.”

Convention attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a multisensory learning experience through “The Awakening” walking tour. Multiple paths will take participants on a journey through information and visual displays that reveal stories of students’ journeys through life. Options attendees choose along the pathways will change the outcome of these stories. The experience seeks to deepen understanding of the impact of educators on students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and immigrant students at every level of education. Informative and moving displays will include student art that represents the theme of each path on the journey. That is where you and your students come in!

The student art that represents the impact of educators on students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and immigrant students will be the centerpiece of “The Awakening.”

The “Through Our Eyes” art contest will have middle and high school students across New Jersey illustrating, in their chosen medium, the experience of students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and immigrant students. Students may choose to illustrate any of the nine provided scenarios from the perspective of the student in the situation, or that of another student onlooker.

Download specs regarding artwork, scenario details, deadlines, and prizes here.

For any questions, please contact NJEA Organizational Development Consultant, Jaime Valente, at jvalente@njea.org.